Welcome to the School of Engineering at LYIT which encompasses the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction and the Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering. The degree programmes offered by the School of Engineering are oriented towards the main professional roles to be found within the construction and engineering industry sectors, and provide excellent career opportunities for graduates, both nationally and internationally.
The School works closely with the relevant professional bodies (Engineers Ireland, RIAI, and Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland) in accrediting its degree programmes to provide the widest recognition of standards achieved by graduates. Programmes have a significant applied element, based in laboratories and workshops, using industry standard equipment and software ensuring that graduate skills are of immediate appeal to employers.
Lecturing staff work closely with students on the basis that their programme of study is the first step on the road to a rewarding professional engineering or construction career. Reflecting this ethos, in recent national student surveys the School of Engineering has performed well above the overall national mean for its sector and particularly strongly in staff-student interactions and in the provision of a supportive learning environment. All students are automatically signed up to the Institute’s virtual learning environment to provide online access to content and assessment material for their various programme modules.
The School has a strengthening research base which has grown on foot of industry cooperation and funding from national and European agencies. The School is currently leading out for LYIT on research projects worth approximately €6m to the Institute in areas such as renewable energy, electronic engineering and advanced manufacturing. The Wireless Systems Research Laboratory (WiSAR) based within the School of Engineering is a key conduit to industry, delivering an invaluable R&D resource for the region and providing a rich environment for our postgraduate students to conduct their research. In recent years the School has registered students for Masters by Research degrees in electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and fire safety engineering and is recruiting PhD students, in conjunction with Queen's University Belfast, in renewable energy as part of the collaborative Bryden Centre project.
Department of Civil Engineering & Construction
There has never been a better time to study a construction related programme as a reinvigorated industry grapples with a lack of trained professionals. LYIT's Department of Civil Engineering & Construction offers a wide range of courses covering the broad built environment disciplines including; civil engineering, building services and renewable energy, fire safety engineering, architectural technology, quantity surveying, and (new for 2018) construction management.
Recognising the importance of having both nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, we seek professional accreditation for all our degree programmes; with engineering programmes being accredited by Engineers Ireland, the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the BSc in Architectural Technology accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
The Department takes a lead in emerging legislative targets such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), Lean Construction, nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) and Passive House Construction. Part-time classes in BIM software (Revit, in particular) offer local industry the opportunity to avail of our professional facilities and expertise.
Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering
The courses in the Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering are aimed at students who are curious about how to design and use technology to solve real world problems. The courses offer exciting and varied career prospects to graduates, whether they wish to work locally, elsewhere in the country or to work abroad. The courses look for students with design talent, drive and imagination as well as technical skills.
The demand for graduate mechanical engineers and graduate electronic and embedded systems engineers has remained a constant in recent years throughout Ireland and the UK.
The Department’s programmes prepare graduates to enter careers in the design and implementation of solutions and applications ranging from manufacturing design, aeronautical, medical devices to mobile and wireless communications, robotics and automation; and to the Internet of Things.
The Department is also very active in delivering practical solutions to industry through its research activity in the WiSAR Lab and through a range of EU funded projects and through Fusion projects. This includes developing new products and services for client companies.