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CR 580

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 580
  • Field of StudyElectrical Engineering,Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Year (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 344


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 course is designed to equip engineers for this environment.


About the Course

The course addresses the key areas of electrical energy systems; control systems; automation engineering; and the control of electrical machines and drives, together, with the relevant mathematics and industrial engineering and management. The programme produces graduates who possess a thorough knowledge of scientific principles, technical and personal skills that allow them to continue their professional development in their careers.


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.


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 premises.


This syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems within industry. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. The course concentrates on electrical energy systems including renewable energy systems, control systems engineering and mathematics and computing. There are also subjects on advanced plant automation, electrical machines and drives, and industrial engineering and management.


A project is also undertaken and its principle objective is to develop the student’s ability to apply pertinent knowledge and skills to the solution of specific technical problems in the industrial environment using novel and innovative ideas and to document and present this information.


There are free choice modules and in semester 8, the student can pick two modules from a suite of 7 modules. Course activity consists of formal lectures, practical work and projects. There is continuous assessment of practical work in addition to examinations.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT.

  • MEng (by Research)
  • PhD


Honours Degree graduates may undertake relevant Master or PhD Degrees at CIT in the areas of:

  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Embedded Generation (CHP and renewables)
  • Electrical System Planning


Question Time

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 work at design/development level and then to liaise with skilled trades for implementation.


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.


What elements of renewable energy are covered in the course?
Modules dealing with all 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 the Leaving Certificate examination is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended.



Graduate Profile

Martin Desmond
Managing Director

"At CIT I was given the opportunity to learn across such a wide knowledge base of electrical engineering that an equally wide range of opportunities arose from degree. The Sustainable Energy modules gave me the insight I needed to set up my Solar PV specialist company PV Generation Ltd. The project management, business focussed land entrepreneurial learning gave me the skills to develop this young company successfully.


CIT develops degrees which prepare you for all possibilities in your field of interest, with today and tomorrows' world in mind; all you have to do is show up and work hard to succeed."

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.


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


Graduates will have acquired both the knowledge and the competence to work as engineers in generation and distribution of electrical energy, in the control of automated production systems, with particular emphasis on power drives and aspects of robotic control, in the design and maintenance of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units and in embedded generation systems. Also design/application/maintenance of renewable sources of electrical energy such as wind energy and fuel cells. Graduates can expect to find employment in the energy generation, transmission and grid control section of the market, directly or through consultancy, plus in the area of automation as utilised in modern processes.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Energy Generation/Transmission
  • Building Supply/Installation/Services/Maintenance
  • Consultancy/Contract Management
  • Process/Automation Industry

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 (Honours) in Electrical Engineering

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