WD011 Mechanical Engineering WIT

WD011 Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology.

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of all mechanical objects. Mechanical engineers use applied maths and science to design a wide range of ‘machines’ from domestic household appliances to sophisticated machines such as aircraft and automobiles. The Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering has been designed to train highly skilled engineering technicians for the challenges of modern machine and product design. To date over 700 students have graduated from the course. The success of these students in the workplace, has gained the course an excellent reputation with employers, for students who are knowledgeable, practical and flexible. The graduate profile is wide and varied, with students finding work in the pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturing, automation, agriculture engineering and technical sales. While semi skilled and labour-intensive manufacturing has declined in Ireland in recent years, the demand for highly skilled mechanical and manufacturing engineers has increased. If Ireland is to remain competitive as a manufacturing location, it needs to continuously innovate and invest in new technologies such as robotics and automation. Therefore successful graduates from the course are keenly sought by companies striving to maintain a competitive advantage. The mechanical engineer is also in the front line against global warming, with the requirement for more efficient machines and the need to harness renewable energies. These factors will ensure that the mechanical engineer will have a bright and challenging future.


Manufacturing production 17.1% higher in November

Manufacturing up 17.1% despite Brexit


rte.ie Growth in the modern sector drove manufacturing production 17.1% higher in November, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

International Women's Day 2015... Coffee morning for Staff and Students.

Students from St. Pauls Community School enjoying a workshop on Lego Mindstorm robots in March 2015 :-)

On Wednesday 4th Feburary, Captain Mark McDermott of CHC visited WIT to give a lecture to the Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering students on helicopter technology.

Captain Mark McDermott is the chief training pilot for the Waterford based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter. The presentation covered many technical areas of helicopter design and operation and was extremely well received by staff and students alike.

Congratulations to all our graduates of 2015...Well Done.

Calling All Engineering Students - Tickets are now on sale for the annual 'Science and Engineering Ball' (15th of January) . Please do not leave it too late, as they are likely to sell out fast.

Timeline Photos

Staff from Boston Scientific were in WIT last Tuesday to present the company to our staff and students and explain the upcoming opportunities available to Engineering students over the coming years. It was a very successful event and we look forward to bring a group of our Engineering students to visit their plant early in 2015. We would like to thank the team for taking the time out to visit WIT, the talks were very informative and enjoyed by all.

(Pictured from left).
Mr. Bob Kenny, Senior Engineering Manager (Boston Scientific)
Ms. Mary Doyle Kent (WIT)
Mr. Andrew Murray, Engineering Graduate (Boston Scientific)
Ms. Anne Marie Slattery, Senior HR Partner (Boston Scientific)

A big Thank You goes out to Neil Baldwin (passed student) for his talk last week. During the talk Neil outlined his very interesting career path, that has lead to him designing some of the largest road trains in Australia. Very interesting and very impressive... Well done Neil.

Students of the HC in Mechanical Engineering were exposed to some excellent examples of machine building and mechanical design at the National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday. The large amount of Irish machinery on display was very encouraging.

Congratulations to Radoslaw Kieltyka and Fintan Mullins, 2nd place in the National Skill Mechatronics Competition 2014

[09/23/14]   A big welcome to all of the first year students starting the programme. Thank you for selecting Mechanical Engineering at WIT. I am sure you will have a very enjoyable and educational experience with us over the next few year.

WD011 Mechanical Engineering WIT's cover photo

[02/25/14]   Well done to the WIT Electronic students who organised and participated in the RAG week table quiz, €320 raised for Solas Cancer Centre.... Great Job Guys.

RAG (Raise And Give) Week Table Quiz - Thursday 13th 7:30pm, Treacys Hotel. ... Please enter a team and give your support.

[02/03/14]   More hood news for our graduates - Manufacturing sector's 8th month of growth


[01/29/14]   Extract from Irish Times/Waterford Today

"WIT Ranks as top Institute of Technology outside of Dublin

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has once again performed exceptionally well in the Sunday Times University Guide 2014, ranking as the top Institute of Technology outside of Dublin. The Institute has repeated this achievement in four of the last five surveys.

The Sunday Times paid tribute to the Institute’s research capacity, "Waterford’s strong performance in the research sector – it is one of the best institutes of technology to raise such funding, placed ninth overall with an impressive €28,522 earned for each academic staff member – makes it one of the ITs most likely to succeed in becoming a technological university."

The Institute performed very well overall but some of the more notable areas are listed below:

- WIT has been ranked as the top IOT outside of Dublin for four of the last five years

- WIT ranks ninth overall – 21 universities and IOTs were ranked

- WIT ranks ninth overall for research income generated and second in the IOT sector. In the 2013 and 2012 surveys, WIT was ranked number one in the IOT sector

- WIT has the best student: staff ratio in the country

- WIT ranks fifth for "best degrees" in the country – ahead of four universities

- WIT ranks sixth best for jobs in the country, ahead of three universities and on par with two universities

- WIT gets five stars for its sports facilities

Dr. Ruaidhrí Neavyn, President of WIT commented, "The Sunday Times University Guide is a very well respected gauge of an Institute’s performance and it’s a testament to the quality of WIT’s courses, research and facilities that we are consistently ranked among the top third level colleges in Ireland."

The Sunday Times University Guide, published in September each year, ranks Irish universities and Institutes of Technology on an annual basis. The survey benchmarks colleges against each other using a number of criteria including research performance, entry points, employment and completion rates among others."

Huge crowds at the WIT/Waterford/CALMAST stand at the Young Scientist in January, hopefully everyone learned something new.... even the staff :-)

Class of 2013 - Graduation January

[12/15/13]   Best of luck to everyone sitting semester 1 exams this week. Remember to relax and just do your best.

[12/10/13]   Thanks to everyone who stopped by the stand today, its always nice to talk to students interested in engineering. Please keep checking in with us from time to time, as we will be posting student projects and activities throughout the year.


Engineers Ireland - Associate Engineer

Engineers Ireland Accreditation up to 2016

Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering


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[12/09/13]   WIT's main open day will take place on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013. WIT lecturers and staff, as well as students, will be on hand throughout the day, giving information on all our courses.

Please call by the Engineering stand and say "Hi".

Students on tour - Opel Rüsselsheim

Students on tour - Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Paris


Central Applications Office

Question: How do I apply?

You apply through the CAO system, www.cao.ie

Mature students and non-standard entry

Mature students are actively encouraged to apply for this programme and normally account for 25% of the programme participants. Acceptance is based on application details and the availability of places.

cao.ie The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions.

[12/09/13]   Question: What modules will I be studying


Year 1

Semester 1(Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - May)

Intro. Engineering. Mathematics Intro. Calculus
Materials 1 Production Technology
Machine Systems Mechanical Science
Learning Skills & Computing. Engineering Science
Workshop Machine Control & Asm
Electronics Engineering Drawing

Year 2

Semester 3 (Sept - Dec) Semester 4 (Jan - May)

Mathematical Methods Calculus
Eng. Drawing & 3D CAD Production Technology 2
Applied Computing Power Systems
Production Plant Electronics & Control
Materials Technology 2 Eng. Design Analysis
Workshop 2 Project

[12/09/13]   Question: As a graduate from the HC in Mechanical Engineering, what career opportunities will I have?

Answer: The vast majority of graduates from the program continue with their education to level 7 and 8 programmes. For the graduates that do not continue with their education, the following career opportunities await:

Engineering Technician
CAD Operator
CNC Operator
Automation Technician
Machine Design Assistant
Technical Sales

Remember, if you are going to climb the heights of education, you are safer on a ladder (program) :-)

Student designs pulley drive system for water pump

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) used to design a car inlet manifold. Module - Engineering Drawing & Design Yr.2

[10/16/13]   Held an electric motor workshop in Killcash NS in Co.Tipperary today, really great bunch of kids, great enthusiasm.... and some really excellent questions.


PTC Mathcad Express | PTC

PTC are now giving away MathCAD Express free :-)

Go to


This software is great for engineers, and should help you with your maths modules.

ptc.com When you download and select the trial option, you will enjoy all the additional bonus features included in PTC Mathcad for 30 days before continuing on with standard features included in PTC Mathcad Express. You'll have access to:

[10/08/13]   Hi Folks,

The best price I can get for the karting is €20 for 15 mins, we will need names and a deposits form people who would like to participate this Thursday.

[10/07/13]   New IBEC report published today shows that the manufacturing sector provided 33% of all jobs announced in the first half of 2013. Great news for all our graduates :-)

[10/06/13]   Hi Guys, due to the unavailability of the bus for next Wednesday we have had to move the go-karting to Wednesday week - 16th.

2nd year students use FEA analysis to design a bracket for a child car seat. Note how the stress is evenly distributed throughout the part, given this design a high efficiency.

[10/03/13]   Team building exercise, 1st and 2nd year students plan a go-karting trip for next Wednesday :-)

[10/03/13]   It's official - The HC in Mechanical Engineering has been accredited by Engineers Ireland at Engineering Technician level until 2016. A big thanks to all of the team involved.

[10/03/13]   A big welcome to all new Mechanical Engineering students starting the programme this year

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