Higher Certificate in Precision Engineering & Design

Precision engineering is a specialist branch of mechanical engineering involving the design and manufacture of complex products, machines, tools and instruments, whose parts must all be made to precise specifications. Most manufacturing companies now operating in Ireland design and make sophisticated products, in very large quantities and with high levels of precision.

Skill shortages have been identified in precision engineering roles in manufacturing industry and this two-year foundation programme has been developed to equip graduates with the skills needed by technicians working in in these companies.

The first year of this programme provides practical work in computer aided design, machining, automation, metrology and computer numerical control (CNC) programming. Students also study mathematics, physics and mechanics, engineering science and electrical and electronic principles.

In the second year, students continue to improve their knowledge and skill levels in CAD, CNC programming, automation and manufacturing technologies. Students are introduced to polymer processing and engineering materials and continue to develop proficiency in mathematics and mechanics.

Semester 1

Mechatronics Technology 101 05
Design 101 05
Manufacturing and Engineering Technology 101 05
Mechanics and Mathematics 101 05
Introduction to Engineering (ME, MT, EE) 05
Engineering Physics 05

Semester 2

Mechatronics Technology 102 05
Precision Manufacturing and Measurement 05
Mechanics and Mathematics 102 05
Design 102 05
Manufacturing and Engineering Technology 102 05
Electrical and Electronic Principles 05

Project & entrepreneurship modules ensure that professional transferable skills are acquired in project management, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

For more information - check out the L7 Precision Engineering & Design Video.

Mech. and Electronic Eng. SG307 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.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

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

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

5 Grade Ds at Ordinary Level, to include Mathematics and English or Irish. We also accept an E in Higher Level Mathematics as meeting the mathematics entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be employed as technicians working in advanced manufacturing industry and in automation, toolmaking and precision engineering companies. Graduates are employed to assist in design, manufacture, CNC programming & machining, automation, quality, metrology and validation.

What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates can progress to the Level 7 Ordinary Degree in Precision Engineering & Design. Graduates may also progress to a Level 8 Honours Degree in Precision Engineering & Design at IT Sligo, on completion of the Level 7 Ordinary Degree. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies at other third level institutions.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1


Did you know?

IT Sligo is the National Centre for Training for the Toolmaking Industry and the Institute has consulted widely with industry to develop this new, nationally unique programme. Skill shortages have been identified in precision engineering, particularly for technicians working in the design and manufacture of precision products, tools and machines.

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie