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CR 108

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 108
  • Field of StudyMechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,Mechanical Engineering
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 425


Annual Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Exhibition
23rd April 2020
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork

For more information, please click here


What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering involves the design, manufacture and operation of products, components or systems incorporating motion. Studying Mechanical Engineering enables students to learn how to systematically design essential machine elements and to devise solutions ranging from R&D or manufacture in automotive, aerospace, power generation and biomedical engineering applications, to the commissioning and maintenance of industrial or pharmaceutical facilities.


About the Course

CR108 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus


Design and project work is a major feature of the course. The Innovative Project Development modules in Year 3 enable students, working in teams, to bring a concept from the idea stage through to a finished prototype, considering the technical performance and commercial potential of their designs. In the final year, each student undertakes an individual project involving research, design, prototype development and experimental verification to meet a real need.

Typical engineering applications covered in the course include:

  • Engine design & testing, fuel combustion, automobile design, vehicle dynamics, power transmission, material selection & component design, power plant design, jet propulsion, refrigeration, entropy & chaos, power hydraulics, electrical machines, electronics, automation.
  • Plastics, ceramics, advanced composite materials, conceptual design, product design, design for environment, vibration analysis, robotics, gyroscopes, whirling of shafts, pressure vessel design, heat exchangers, radiation, modelling of thermal processes, turbomachinery, quality management, computer modelling of three dimensional solids, lift & drag on ships and aircraft, power electronics, sensors & actuators, telemetry, signal conditioning stability of control systems.
  • Tribology, project management, machining of exotic materials, laser cutting, ultrasonic welding, non-destructive testing, non-linear control systems, chemical process, plant control, artificial intelligence, expert systems, business & financial management, acoustics, space dynamics, fracture mechanics, advanced topics in mechanics of materials, subsonic & supersonic flow, aerodynamics, flow visualisation & modelling, the built environment, sustainable and renewable energy systems, environmental impact assessment of energy sources.



The BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard. Further learning is required to meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer. Engineers Ireland represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.


Further Studies

At the end of Year 3, high achieving students may be afforded the opportunity to directly enter the (5 year) integrated MEng in Biomedical Engineering, which will entail a further 2 years of study.

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Suitably qualified Level 8 Honours graduates are eligible to progress to the taught Masters’ programmes or to research at either Master’s or PhD level.


Frequently Asked Questions

What level of design is involved with Mechanical Engineering?
Design is the main focus of the programme and utilises all the modern computer-aided design tools for 3D solid modelling, stress analysis, system simulation etc. The Innovative Product Development modules in Year 3 enable students, working in teams, to bring a concept from the idea stage through to a finished prototype, considering the technical performance and commercial potential of their designs.


Can I progress to further studies?
At the end of Year 3, high achieving students may be afforded the opportunity to directly enter the (5 year) integrated MEng in Mechanical Engineering, which will entail a further 2 years of study.


Are there opportunities to travel?
Undergraduates have the opportunity to travel as part of the Work Placement module in Year 3. Graduates from the degree programme are employed across the world. Though many graduates are based in Ireland their work involves travel to and communication with people and companies across the globe.


Are there any events I should attend to learn more about Mechanical Engineering?
CIT Bishopstown Campus hosts the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Annual Exhibition which will take place at the CIT Bishopstown Campus on 23rd April, 2020. Please click here for information about International and National Student Engineering and Innovation Awards achieved by our students over the years.


Is there a scholarship available for the course? 
The CIT-DePuy Synthes Mechanical Engineering Scholarship was launched in 2017 and is worth €3,000 per year for the successful candidate. DePuy Synthes (a Johnson & Johnson company) is a major multinational employer in the Cork region, manufacturing artificial joints in Ringaskiddy in Cork. The support of DePuy Synthes for the scholarship is a major endorsement of the relevance of the course to the Mechanical Engineering industry.


Please see www.cit.ie/mecheng for more information


Graduate Profiles

Myles Murray
Mechanical Engineer

Myles graduated with a BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and set up his company PMD Solutions. PMD Solutions develop innovative and patient friendly technologies to support health provider’s early prevention model of patient care. The company development over the past six years has been meteoric. Recently PMD Solutions received €4.2 million in Horizon 2020 funding from the EU and has launched “RespiraSense” - the world’s first continuous and accurate discrete sensor that measures the ‘mechanics of respiration’ internationally.



Connor Barry
Mechanical Engineer

Connor graduated with an Honours Mechanical Engineering Degree and was recruited by Abbott Ireland onto their Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme identifies the highest performing graduates with leadership potential and provides participants an opportunity to apply their skills in different areas and divisions throughout Abbott during four rotations over a two year period. Connor is presently based in Columbus (Ohio). In April 2012, Connor received the award of Graduate Employee of the Year at the GradIreland Awards.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

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

Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish. Mathematics must be at least Grade H4. The requirement for H4 Mathematics may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.


NB: Please note the H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.


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.


Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based discipline offering career opportunities in design, manufacturing, technical support in a wide range of industries including oil/gas, power generation, plant construction, medical devices, aerospace and automotive. Many mechanical engineers also progress into general management roles where their analytical skills are greatly valued.


Honours Degree graduates generally gain employment as mechanical, design, manufacturing, production, process, plant, project or maintenance technologists/engineers. They work in fields such as aerospace, automotive, computer and electronic manufacture, machine and plant design, power generation, engine design, contracting and consulting.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Consulting project engineer
  • Manufacturing and Precision Engineering
  • Process industries including chemical and biopharmaceutical
  • Aerospace
  • Project Engineering
  • Offshore Oil and Gas
  • Biomedical device design and manufacture

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

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering CR108

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