Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG336
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 263*
  • NFQ Level 7

Course Summary

Precision engineering is a specialist branch of mechanical engineering which involves the design and manufacture of complex products, machines, tools and instruments, whose parts must be precisely correct in size and shape, have exceptionally tight tolerances and be produced repeatedly to exact specifications. Precision engineering is often defined as having an accuracy of1x106 - that’s one millionth of a metre, or 1 micron.

The manufacturing companies that now operate in Ireland typically design and make sophisticated products, almost always in very large quantities and with high level of precision.

This Precision Engineering programme will focus on:

  • Precision Design – product, mould, tool and machine design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture – CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming & machining
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies – automation, polymer processing, materials
  • Metrology – Precision measurement and CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine)
  • Manufacturing Requirements – validation, quality management, lean manufacturing and project management

The new precision engineering programmes at IT Sligo have been designed to meet 21st century manufacturing requirements and to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills now needed in modern manufacturing companies.



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. In addition, we require a minimum of 140 points for entry to all Level 7 courses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be employed in design, manufacturing, project management, CNC programming, metrology, validation and procurement roles in high-performance, advanced manufacturing and precision engineering companies.

Further Study

Graduates who achieve an average mark of 50% in this course are eligible to progress to the BEng (Hons) in Precision Engineering and Design (Level 8) at IT Sligo, or related Level 8 courses in other third-level institutions.

Did you know?

Skill shortages have been identified in precision engineering, particularly for designers of precision products, tools and machines, with increased job opportunities predicted for graduates possessing these skills. IT Sligo has consulted widely with industry to develop this new, nationally unique programme. It is the only course in Ireland concentrating on the design of precision plastic and metal products, mould and die design, together with all of the related manufacturing, polymer processing, metrology and validation technologies.