What is Electrical Engineering?
Providing electrical power in a modern economy is about generation, distribution and usage in a safe, economic and sustainable way. Fossil fuel energy now combines with solar, wind and tidal energy to create “embedded” generation which needs a “smart grid” to automatically switch users and suppliers in and out while maintaining the quality of the supply. CIT’s Electrical Engineering degree course is designed to equip technologists for this environment.
The aim of Electrical Engineering is to generate, distribute and apply electrical energy safely and economically, and in a sustainable way for future generations to come. This includes the design of renewable generation distribution systems and combined heat and power systems for domestic, commercial, medical, leisure and industrial places of living and working.
About the Course
The general fields of study are Renewable Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Plant Automation, Motor Control, Power Systems Planning, and Industrial Management and Services. The syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. State-of-the-art lab equipment and software prepares graduates for the work environment.
The course aims to provide broad-based power electrical engineering associate engineers to meet the needs of industry. The general fields of study are Renewable Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Plant Automation, Motor Control, Power Systems Planning, and Industrial Management and Services. The syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. State-of-the-art lab equipment and software prepares graduates for the work environment. Class work is supplemented by field trips to major employers within the greater locality.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
► Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering
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 automation.
Has the course professional accreditation?
The Level 7 in Electrical Engineering is accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate membership.
Can I become an electrician?
No. An electrician is a well-established and reputable trade which has its own development programme and its own target job market. Third level programmes are designed to equip graduates to deal with projects at design/development level and when approved/agreed, the work is implemented by skilled trades.
What elements of renewable energy are covered in the course?
Modules dealing with current renewable areas are dealt with on a mandatory basis because of their relevance. There is also an opportunity to explore these areas further through elective modules.
What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade O6/H7 in 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 Electrical Engineering.
Vice President of Engineering
“I entered the Level 7 degree and then progressed to Level 8 Honours degree. CIT offered a wide range of modules which was appealing to me. The lab based elements strengthened my problem solving skills which has really helped my move to a career in engineering. I am currently employed as VP of Engineering with Solo Energy Ltd., responsible for control and automation projects related to development of its `Virtual Power Plant'.
There are many opportunities available to graduates from this degree and they can be in different areas too, such as renewable energy, power systems, electrical design, or automation. My advice to new students would be to work hard and take the opportunity that graduating with this degree presents.”
“I completed my Level 7 in 2009 and Level 8 in 2010. I then joined Energy Services Ltd. in Cork who are energy consultants specialising in energy procurement, supply/demand side management internationally.
My projects so far include embedded generation, power transmission/ distribution, including wind farms, and consumption monitoring and assessment at home, in Europe and as far away as Central Asia. My training as an electrician plus my undergraduate programmes have prepared me well for this work. Power/electrical engineering is an excellent career and there is significant demand for it.”