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Manufacturing & Design Engineering / Innealtóireacht Déantusaíochta & Dearadh



What is ... Manufacturing & Design Engineering?

Almost everything we touch in daily life is designed and manufactured. The fundamentals of the Manufacturing & Design Engineering discipline are manufacturing technology, design for manufacture combined with business and enterprise management.

Of the many disciplines in engineering and technology, Manufacturing & Design Engineers have the vital task of solving society’s innovation and production tasks. Manufacturing & Design Engineers are involved in the design of the product and the efficient management of resources and technology to produce quality goods and services for society. A key role for Manufacturing & Design Engineers in advancing the knowledge economy will be to develop more innovative products resulting in a high value-added manufacturing sector. Manufacturing & Design Engineers have skills and knowledge which can be applied across a broad spectrum of the engineering sector.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Career opportunities are excellent. In recent years all of the graduates gained excellent opportunities or engaged in research work. The industrial links with the final year project work and the formula student team project have received very positive reviews from industry. Graduates have gained employment in technical/design roles in the automotive, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food industries. Companies such as HP, Intel, Braun, Siemens, Dromone, JCB and DAF. Many progress quickly into technical management roles with high salaries

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The Manufacturing and Design Engineering programme aims to provide graduates with the appropriate mix of technical, managerial and communication skills, in order to equip them for a wide range of careers within a broad spectrum of industries. The programme is designed to provide the graduate with a full understanding of the structure and operation of a manufacturing enterprise and equip them with relevant planning and simulation tools to help make cost effective decisions. It aims to give an appreciation of the need for competitiveness in manufacturing industry. It will provide the learner with well-developed team working skills as well as strong innovation and entrepreneurial skills. It also aims to produce environmentally responsible engineers, who will conduct manufacturing activities with due regard to the environment and the relevant regulatory and legal requirements.

Module Listing

Year Two

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computing
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Engineering Economics & Management
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Computer Aided Design

Year Three

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Professional Development
  • Tool Design & Metal Forming
  • Mechanical Systems Design
  • Quality & Reliability
  • Engineering Design Projects
  • Thermofluids
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Design & Teambuilding Project
  • Materials Properties & Processing
  • Control Engineering

Year Four

  • Quality & Reliability
  • Engineering Materials
  • Advanced Design & Machining
  • Industrial Networks & Automation
  • Professional Development
  • Medical Devices
  • Micro and Nano Manufacture
  • Design & Manufacture
  • Projects
  • Operations Management

* A Major project is undertaken over the two final semesters. As part of this project students have the opportunity to become involved in the formula student competition which is to design and build a race car and compete against other Universities in Silverstone UK.

Are there study abroad options?

Students may have the opportunity to study abroad under the Erasmus exchange programme.

In third year students will have the opportunity to attend a design workshop in Lucerne Switzerland.

Further Information

School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3626 (School Administrator)

T: 01 402 3823 (Mr. Robert Simpson - Head of Dept)

T: 01 402 3841 (Dr. Colm O'Kane - Programme Chair)




What our Students say!

Graduate & Winner of Best Manufacturing Engineering Project Award.

Upon graduation I immediately took up a position as a process engineer in an automation company in Co. Cavan, Ualto Ltd , who specialise in electrical and automation solutions for industrial plants. My role within the company included designing and wiring panels, electrical drawings and programming of automated equipment.

I have now taken up a position working as a design engineer with Combilift in Co.Monaghan who specialise in the manufacture of forklifts. The Manufacturing and Design Engineering programme gave me a great standing for the tasks required in such a demanding industry. Overall the programme gives a great insight into all areas of the manufacturing industry and with the mixture of design, practical, business, and the addition of such a rewarding and professional project as the Formula Student makes graduates prime candidates for any company in the manufacturing field.