Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is about creating, improvingand protecting the environmentin which we live. Most people would be surprised by how much Civil Engineering affects their daily lives – from the water that you drink, to the school that you attend, to the energy that powers your mobile phone. It encompasses all aspects of infrastructure development and is used to improve and protect the environment that we live in. It involves the planning, design and construction of facilities that we require for everyday life such as roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings, offshore oil-platforms, water supply systems, wastewater treatment systems, dams and sustainable energy schemes such as hydroelectric stations and wind farms to name but a few.

As a result, Civil Engineering offers diverse and challenging career opportunities.

Course Description:

This course is a blend of formal lectures, relevant practical classes to enhance understanding of topics and projects to apply the information learnt to typical Civil Engineering applications. The early part of the course develops an understanding of science and technology which are the underlying principles of engineering. Gradually the students are introduced to the core Civil Engineering areas of structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, water and wastewater engineering. Written and verbal communication skills are continuously developed through presentations and technical writing. At the end of this course graduates have the skills demanded by current employers.

Civil Engineering is a dynamic industry, which is continuously evolving and changing. The Civil Engineering courses at IT Sligo teach the necessary skills for graduates to be active participants in this exciting industry. Graduates of this programme can also progress to an honours degree in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo or other third level colleges.

This programme offers ideal preparation for employment as a Civil Engineer. The programme is accredited as meeting the educational standard required for Engineering Technician Membership of Engineers Ireland. Engineering Technicians work alongside and support Chartered Engineers in the successful implementation of Civil Engineering schemes.

As a result of Engineers Ireland accreditation your IT Sligo qualification is recognised through the Sydney Accord in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdomand theUnited States, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad.

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Key Skills:

The early part of this course is primarily concerned with developing a good understanding of the underlying science and technology of engineering. Subjects studied include:

  • CAD/ drawing
  • Civil Engineering materials
  • Construction technology
  • Engineering science and chemistry
  • Information and communication technology
  • Surveying
  • Mathematics

In the second year the emphasis moves to the core Civil Engineering topics. Subjects include:

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering and geology
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Structural mechanics, analysis and design
Civil Eng. and Construction SG301 Higher Certificate

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

After you graduate and the future?

Graduate employment opportunities for you will include positions as an Engineering Technician in the drafting design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of Civil Engineering projects.

Various bodies have an interest in employing Civil Engineers, both nationally and internationally – Government Bodies, Semi-State Bodies, Local Authorities, Consultancies, Contractors, Insurance firms and Financial Institutions.

Employment opportunities in Civil Engineering are currently on the rise. The construction industry has started to recover and will require new graduates to address traditional engineering issues as well as new issues such as reusing our existing building stock, for which innovative solutions will be required.

Ongoing development of infrastructure needs is a major concern for every country worldwide and Civil Engineers are leaders in this field. In addition, Civil Engineers can go on to work in the renewable energy sector which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Accreditation of the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering by Engineers Ireland means that your qualification is recognised in major world economies such as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdomand theUnited States, thus offering the potential for work and travel abroad.

An accredited degree, as offered by IT Sligo, also gives you a distinct advantage over those who do not have accredited degrees and will put you at the cutting edge of Civil Engineering.

What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates can progress to the third year of the BEng degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering at IT Sligo or other third level colleges. Further information can be obtained from Dr Tomas O’Flaherty

Civil and Environmental Engineering L7 & L8 Course Brochure

What subjects will I study?

Did you know?

For some interesting videos and information to explain more about Civil Engineering visit –

Engineers are cool by ARUP

Are you ready to build a better world? by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Engineering || Design your world by ACE (Australia)

About Civil Engineering by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Civil Engineering TV by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

The Little Book of Civilisation by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Chartered Engineers by Engineers Ireland

A Chartered Civil Engineer by Engineers Ireland

A Chartered Environmental Engineer by Engineers Ireland

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie