Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Here at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering we are known for our innovative, creative and hands-on programmes that provide you with the tools needed to pursue a career in a wide range of fields.

What is precision engineering?

Precision engineering deals with the design and manufacturing of complicated tools, products fixtures and instruments whose parts most be completely accurate in size and shape e.g surgical tools, contact lenses etc.

We are all about creating, inventing and finding solutions, focusing on the future of product building and design and breaking away from more traditional ideas of the engineering sector.
Our programmes focus on practical and project work, enhancing your problem-solving and leadership skills along the way. Mechanical Engineering and Precision Engineering and Design are offered at levels 6 and 7, with the opportunity to further your studies or begin working in the industry right away.

What type of student are you?

If you’re a lover of maths and science, with a keen eye for detail this could very well be the right place for you. You want to use your love of invention and creativity to problem solve and you’re excited by advancing technology especially how it’s being used in the making of products


Meet the Head of Department

Xavier Velay

Xavier Velay joined as our Head of Department in 2018. He has studied in France and the UK, gaining a PHD in the field of science, engineering and technology and an MBA from Oxford University. Xavier has worked as an advisor for a number of start-ups and SMEs, such as multinational automotive supplier Valeo.

His love and passion for his field has seen him consult with, and learn from, a number of universities, companies and entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries. Between 2008 – 2014, he was the Deputy Dean Education for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. In 2004, he established the Prototyping and Virtual Manufacturing Centre at the university, pioneering 3D scanning and various manufacturing innovations.

Contact us

Xavier Velay,
Head of Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,


Department Staff

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Staff NamePositionDepartment
Craig, Mr Ian ASSISTANT LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Creedon, Dr Leo LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Donohoe, Dr Molua LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Ferry, Paul ASSISTANT LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Henry, Fergal LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Mcafee, Dr Marion LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Mullery, Mr Sean LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Mulligan, Dr David HEAD OF DEPT MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Murphy, Ms Eva ASSISTANT LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Sheridan, Mr Declan LECTURER Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


View all Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Courses
Course name NFQ Level Graduate Level Favourite
Certificate in Lean & OpEx (Yellow Belt) Level 7 Online
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering Level 8 Undergraduate
Special Purpose Award : Work Based Project Level 6 Online
Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design Level 7 Undergraduate