You can move the world!
More and more aspects of the world around us are becoming automated, with labour-saving machines, ‘always on’ connected devices and robots able to perform tasks quicker and more accurately than humans. These machines are staggeringly complex, with huge numbers of finely tuned moving parts being precisely controlled in the blink of an eye by state-of-the-art electronics. Just consider the machines you use on a daily basis and how many moving parts are involved.
Such machines are examples of mechatronic engineering, the science of combining mechanical engineering, electronic and computer engineering and software design to create intelligent machines. Mechatronic engineering skills are key in the ever growing presence of a connected world (Internet of Things (IoT)) enabling machines to interact with the (electro-mechanical) physical and (software) virtual worlds via the internet. The potential in this area is immense no matter what your interest, from designing safer cars to building labour-saving intelligent robots to interfacing the mechanical and electronic parts of future renewable energy systems.
After completing four years of the course, you’ll achieve a Bachelors; an optional Year Five could fast-track you to a Masters in Electronic Systems or Telecommunications Engineering.
In Year Three, you’ll participate in a six-month INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) work placement. INTRA ensures that you will have the opportunity to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired on our programmes in a practical setting before you graduate. You will build experience, confidence and connections for the future.
Placements are usually paid engineering internships with a business in Ireland, but some of our students go abroad or choose to take up a research position here in the university. Some of the biggest companies in the world offer DCU ME INTRA placements, including IBM, Philips, Google, and Microsoft. Other recent INTRA employers with a global reach included Xilinx, Cisco, Synopsys, AOL, Analog Devices, Mastercard, Deloitte and Touche, Accenture, SAP Ireland, Cypress Semiconductor Ireland, Tektronix Communications and Xerox. DCU engineering students recently completed INTRA abroad with NVIDIA in Santa Clara and Irdeto in The Netherlands, while more local INTRA employers with well-recognised names include Electric Ireland and the Irish Aviation Authority.
Degree-relevant work experience obtained on an INTRA placement can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding a position as a graduate engineer.
In Year Four you’ll also do an individual project that will allow you to work in a specialist area of your choosing and apply the mechatronic engineering skills that you will have acquired during your studies.
This project provides a capstone to your undergraduate career where you can demonstrate your innovative capabilities, capacity for independent learning, and technical expertise.
The Faculty of Engineering and Computing provides a Year Four project expo as a showcase to bring your expertise to the attention of prospective employers.
The course has a strong emphasis on project work (both team and individual). Each year, students are given a series of challenging tasks.
Explore a selection of projects from previous years.
Optional One Year Masters
An optional Year Five will fast-track you to a Masters in Electronic Systems or a Masters in Telecommunications Engineeering. This will allow you to complete your engineering education to Masters level (NFQ Level 9) if you so wish, thereby broadening and deepening your engineering expertise, and making your engineering education comparable with the European standard of five years of education to professional engineering status. Upon successful completion of your four year Honours Bachelor Engineering Degree with at least a H2.2 award, you will have the option to continue your studies to Masters level under a number of exciting and flexible programme options.
Choosing a DCU degree in engineering will give you the critical knowledge and skills you need to flourish in the technological society of the 21st century.
The Mechatronic programme in DCU is a perfect balance between mechanical and electronic engineering. It helps students to develop important skills required in the modern industry such as report writing, problem solving and teamwork. Also, the programme involves many computer based modules which are aimed to train students to use common software like SolidWorks, Matlab and C language. Practical classes and laboratories which are scheduled every week allow student to consolidate knowledge obtained during lectures. I was absolutely happy with the programme and staff attitude during all my four years in DCU.