What is Electronic Engineering?
Small, lightweight, portable devices like Smartphones and tablets combine wireless technology with processing power to provide internet, communications and leisure functionality while on the move. They are now driving how we live, work and play. Combining low power consumption with microchip design, telecommunication and control circuitry (hardware) and the operating system software, they are the ultimate electronic system. CIT’s CR 061 course is designed to equip technologists to work at this level.
About the Course
Electronic engineering is used for the collection, processing, and transmission of information. From the most sophisticated machines in industry, to cars, to household appliances, to personal items, all have the same thing in common: they are “intelligent”. On a printed circuit board (PCB), surrounded by analogue and digital circuitry, there is a microprocessor, or maybe several, which has a clock (heartbeat). On every cycle the microprocessor executes an instruction from whatever programming it is running (software) – this ability is what makes the system intelligent. Intelligence, control and communications, theory and practice form the core material of this course.
All Level 7/8 academic years consist of 2 semesters with 6 modules in each semester. Modules can have a continuous assessment element to them and also a final exam. Other modules are 100% continuously assessed. Continuous assessment can consist of laboratory work, mini-exams, reports, presentations, etc., the emphasis is on keeping learners engaged with the course for the whole term.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
What is the difference between Electronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering?
Electronic Engineering is small scale, low voltage, component level, microchips and programming. Electrical Engineering is high power, mains electricity, generation, power lines, transformers, motor/generators and, in many cases, automation.
Has the course professional accreditation?
The Level 7 in Electronic Engineering has been accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate membership in the past and that application is up for renewal again soon.
What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate examination is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering.
“I completed the Level 7 and Level 8 Electronic Engineering degree programmes and it gave me a solid foundation to build on learning Digital and Analogue Electronics, Networks, Control, and various Programing platforms.
I began working for Rockwell Automation after graduation as an Automation Engineer, and found all of these skills very beneficial, especially Control and Networks. Rockwell Automation works in the Life Sciences Industry for some of the largest Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage companies in the world completing Process Control and Infrastructure projects.
Electronic Engineering in CIT has provided me with a `Passport' to a long and successful career in Automation.”
“I graduated in 2011 with a Level 7 Degree and I am currently working in the iOS department of Apple Inc. My job is providing technical support for iPods, iPads and iPhones. It is a great place to work and the salary is excellent.
I am working very much in the area that I studied and it has equipped me very well. I can thoroughly recommend the BEng in Electronic Engineering.”