The School of STEM at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, in partnership with manufacturing and technology companies in the region, have developed a scholarship program to encourage a larger number of students to apply for courses via the CAO in the areas of mechatronics, manufacturing, instrumentation and automation. Current leaving certificate students who are interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering (with degree award options in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics) at IT, Tralee are eligible to apply. The scholarship programme is worth €1000 each year for the duration of the programme.
“Inspiring young people to pursue degrees in engineering technology is crucial for securing the future of the manufacturing industry in Ireland,” said Dr. Joseph Walsh Head of the School of STEM.” We have created a number of strong partnerships between industry and businesses to bring a comprehensive approach to manufacturing and mechatronics engineering education. Our collaborative efforts with organizations such as Dairymaster, Borgwarner Beru Systems, Kostal, Liebherr and Astellas will help drive the future of the manufacturing workforce. I would also like to express the Institute’s appreciation to each of these companies for their generous financial support of this scholarship scheme. ”
The scholarship scheme is available to current CAO applicants. Applications for the scholarship programme will open on Monday May 12th.
The closing date for applications is Friday June 13th.
Interviews will take place on Monday June 23rd 2014. The successful scholarship applicants may avail of the CAO change of mind facility up to July 1st to apply for the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering if they have not previously done so.
National trends clearly indicate that the manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant resurgence as evidenced by the recent growth of manufacturing-related jobs. This makes the scholarship programme event more relevant to the region, according to Dr. Edmond Harty, CEO and Technical Director of Dairymaster. “The ability of this country to research, design and develop innovative manufacturing technologies is critical in our ability to trade successful both at home and abroad. We are reaching out to talented young people in the region to help them secure a viable future with a technology-based education. This initiative that the industry in the region have embarked upon with the IT, Tralee to attract CAO applicants to engineering technology related programmes is an excellent collaborative effort and will yield real benefits to the graduate pool of engineering experts in the region in the coming years.”
For further details, please contact Dr. Brendan O’Donnell, Head of Department in STEM at 066 71 44170 / (Brendan.ODonnell@staff.ittralee.ie) or visit www.ittralee.ie