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