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 590 programme is designed to equip engineers 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 and 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.
This Level 8 programme starts with the basics of electronics, i.e. analogue and digital circuits and computer programming and progresses upwards to modern electronic systems which can be found in computers, mobile phones, medical devices, cars, etc. Course work involves theory, practice, and project work.
All 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. The course involves theory, practice, and project work. The technical subjects are supported by a range of professional development modules which work on the individual’s ability to communicate, work in teams and understand business concepts. The programme is supported by well equipped laboratories and workshops and department staff are drawn from a wide range of electronic engineering technologies.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:
What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate examination is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended.
Can you give me examples of the type of work I will be able to do?
Test, develop, design electronic circuits or microchips (hardware), write programmes (software) for products, computer packages, games, mobile phone networks, provide technical support for products.
Will I be working in a factory?
The majority of electronic engineers work in nice offices! A huge amount of work is actually done on computers. But if it’s hardware then it will need building and testing in a lab. Mostly, the product will then be outsourced to cheaper parts of the world for manufacture.
“I completed my BEng (Honours) in Electronic Engineering in 2018, and went directly into a postgraduate research position between CIT and Teagasc. My research involves looking at how automation influences milking efficiency on Irish dairy farms.
I chose CIT because I wanted a more hands-on learning experience, providing a great foundation for industry with a good blend of hardware, software and firmware. Due to its size, CIT also allows for better student/staff interaction, making lecturers more approachable when asking for help.
As someone who always enjoy maths and was looking for a real world application of it, engineering suited me down to the ground.”
“After graduation, I worked with Surecom Network Solutions in Dublin. My projects include planning radio links in the UK and planning sites in Australia to support their telecoms network. The work involves equipment specification, installation and operation. On other projects, I have worked in conjunction with O2 and Vodafone.
It is very interesting and I have already gained so much experience. My Degree was a great foundation in many ways.”