We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. Read More Allow Cookies

CR 061

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 061
  • Field of StudyElectronic Engineering
  • Type of CourseHigher Certificate,Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 308
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.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of


Question Time

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.

graduate profile


David Brady
Automation Engineer


“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.”


Seán O'Sullivan
Product Support

“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.”

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


An expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools was released in November 2016. Its aim is to make Ireland a world-leader in STEM education at both 2nd and 3rd level. Ireland's economy depends ever more on producing high quality STEM graduates. The report encourages education providers like CIT to better market its STEM programmes and to highlight career possibilities as there is a gap in awareness out there. Providers are also asked to encourage and to improve gender balances particularly in engineering – CIT’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering fully supports this.


The CIT Electronic Systems Engineer skillset creates access to many Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector job opportunities. Technical know-how and practical ability makes the graduate highly versatile and highly marketable. For a snapshot of ICT in the greater Cork area, visit www.ceia.ie


Electronic Engineering has transformed society, pervading all industrial, commercial, social and domestic life. Growth in knowledge and techniques of these disciplines has been explosive, generating a wide range of exciting careers for both men and women as technicians and technician-engineers. Electronic Engineering careers cover a stimulating and challenging range of disciplines including Electronics, Computer Engineering & Software, Communications & Telecommunications, Control & Automation, and Electronics Manufacturing, all of which are included in the range of courses.


The electronics industry needs ever growing numbers of engineers and technicians to satisfy the demand for its products and to develop new ideas and concepts.

Bachelor Degree holders can participate in development support, testing of complex electronics equipment and in supporting computer and communications hardware and software. The qualification can provide highly satisfying and well-paid career opportunities for graduates.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Test/Development in Electronic Systems
  • Telecomms Network Software/Hardware Service/Support
  • IT Software Development

  • R&D in Product Development

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering CR061

Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering

Personal Assistant