New DIT degrees make engineering programmes more accessible

Eight new programmes, designed to make engineering more accessible to students, have been introduced by the Faculty of Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (B Eng Tech) programmes are three year ordinary degrees for which higher-level Leaving Certificate mathematics is not a requirement. The programmes include:

  • Engineering Systems Maintenance
  • Manutronics Automation
  • Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Management and Technology
  • Electronics and Communications
  • Electrical and Control Engineerin.

According to Dr Mike Murphy, Director, Faculty of Engineering, DIT, 'The Bachelor of Engineering Technology programmes were introduced with two important goals in mind. Firstly, to attract more students to engineering by making the programmes more appealing and accessible and as a consequence maintain a steady supply of high quality technical staff available to the workforce, upon which much of the growth of the Irish economy in the last decade has been based. Secondly, to produce graduates who are skilled that little bit differently than current engineering technicians; i.e. graduates who have the in-depth skills of a technician but who think like engineers.'

One of the attractive features of the B Eng Tech programmes is that prospective applicants do not need an honours grade in mathematics for entry. As a result students who are eager to pursue a career in engineering but had not considered it as they did not study honours maths can now apply for any one of the eight new degrees. A certain enthusiasm for maths and science are desirable qualities, however, given that they are technical programmes.

The rationale behind the programmes has already attracted industry support. According to Dr Padraig O' Murchu, Workforce Development Manager, Intel Corporation, 'We (Intel) welcome these new offerings by DIT. They provide the appropriate mix of applied skills and knowledge to work in a high technology industry like ours. The addition of these programs will provide an attractive option to school leavers as well as mature applicants seeking a career in 'hands on' engineering type careers in the high technology sector.'

Over the last few years many students have turned away from studying engineering for a variety of reasons including the absence of an honours grade in mathematics. In response to students' concerns Dr Murphy advises, 'The reality is that engineering programmes have never been more accessible. Those that pursue an engineering programme at DIT will find their study programmes to be challenging, fun and rewarding'.

The B Eng Tech degrees, which are now offered on the CAO degree list, add a new rung to the DIT "ladders of opportunity" system as it offers transfer arrangements for students to progress to the 4-year honours degree programmes. Further information on the B Eng Tech and all other programmes offered by DIT's Faculty of Engineering can be obtained at: www.dit.ie or by calling the Faculty on 01 402 4708.

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