Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

What is Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering is a broad discipline concerned with the design, development, manufacture, operation and maintenance of a wide variety machinery. Mechanical and manufacturing engineers plan and design diverse products from turbines and internal combustion engines to refrigeration equipment, household goods, factory equipment, medical devices, vehicles of all types, as well as numerous complex machines that we have come to take for granted in everyday life.

This course aims to give the student an understanding of the technology and management used in modern manufacturing industries. Each student undertakes a twelve week work placement and a project to design and/or manufacture components or a production system.

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Why study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at IT, Tralee

At the outset, there is a strong emphasis on practical engineering subjects while specialist modules in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing systems, Operations Management and Production Technology;
  • Computer Aided Drawing, Machine Design, Strength of Materials, Workshop Processes & Materials;
  • Control, Automation and Robotics

are taken in years two and three.

The course combines the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of manufacturing processes to design, develop, test and manufacture mechanical components.

Students will be equipped with specialised problem solving skills and will be prepared for technician roles in manufacturing Industries. The programme provides broad knowledge in mechanical engineering and prepares graduates for work in a wide variety of fields. The Institute has excellent facilities, including the following:

  • Computer and electronics laboratories;
  • Robotics laboratory;
  • Mechanical engineering laboratories;
  • Machine workshop and welding workshop;
  • Power units garage;
  • Machinery hall;

What are my career opportunities

Graduates work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, electronics, automotive, automation, maintenance and development. Engineering roles include areas such as factory management, product design, process control, service, testing and verification.

Work Placement

A central feature of the majority of School of STEM courses is the inclusion of a twelve week industrial work placement, where students participate in a structured and assessed period of work experience in a relevant engineering or scientific professional setting. It is on placement that students can see how their academic learning can be applied and tested in a real-life working environment, laying the foundations for each student's personal career path. In essence, work placement is learning in real time; developing skills, gaining knowledge and cultivating the attitude that is required from graduates across academic disciplines and professional fields.


Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering Management (+2 Years). This course is of two years duration made up of two study blocks (fifteen weeks each), one industrial placement (twenty weeks) and a major project (eleven weeks).