Engineering Technology

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What is Engineering Technology?

An engineering technologist is a specialist devoted to the development and implementation of existing technology within a field of engineering.

Engineering technology is the understanding and use of science, engineering, and mathematical concepts to solve technical problems for engineers. Engineering technology is widely used in research and development, construction, manufacturing, and many other fields that engineers work within.

What courses are available?

  • Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:
  • Construction and Engineering Technology – The study of building and engineering technologies and techniques with a focus on energy efficiency and green building technology.
  • Civil, Mechanical, and Electronics Engineering – Develop new skills and knowledge in Civil, Mechanical, and Electronic Engineering with a focused hands-on approach.
  • Manufacturing Engineering – The study of manufacturing principles for engineers and technicians in the field of manufacturing systems and design.

Studying Engineering Technology in college

Engineering Technology courses in Ireland are available full-time, part-time or online courses and can take anywhere from 1 -2 years to complete or up to 5 depending on the course chosen.

There is a broad range of courses available to provide students with a variety of choices and experiences. Most Engineering Technology courses will have a focus on hands-on practical skills that are supported by theoretical knowledge in various engineering disciplines. Modern trends and the latest technologies will be touched on, allowing students to have the most up-to-date and current knowledge of the industry.

Career options

After completing a course in Engineering Technology you will have the knowledge and skills to go on to an apprenticeship or find work in several fields and industries. Job opportunities for engineering students are on the rise as there is a shortage of engineers in the country and an increase in the demand for mechanical engineers especially. Big companies are always looking for engineering students to join their ranks in their research and development teams.

The work of engineering technicians is more application-oriented allowing for the continued opportunity and work within the aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical and electronics, environmental, industrial, mechanical, mining, and geological sectors.

Engineering technicians typically work full-time with an office or laboratory alongside engineers. In some sectors such as civil, agricultural, and environmental engineering, technicians may spend time outdoors and on-site. Typically mechanical and industrial engineering technicians will work in manufacturing settings such as factories or workshops. Some engineering technicians may also be self-employed and free-lance to larger companies as the need arises.

Related jobs include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer science and engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial design engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Systems engineering policy analysis and management
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer

Further study

After completing a course in Engineering Technology you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field of research. Related fields such as Architecture and Computer Science could be very helpful degrees to pursue your engineering career path.


Are there any particular qualities you need to study Engineering Technology?

Engineering technology requires a good level of computer knowledge and skill and an understanding of basic computer science for computer modeling. Engineers in all fields will also use complex maths so an understanding of maths and formulas is important.

Attention to detail and problem-solving skills will play a big part in engineering projects that can be quite intricate and complex and often will require safety testing. Engineers usually do not work alone so the ability to work well with a team will be crucial and you must be able to communicate and listen well to others.

What is the difference between an engineering and engineering technology degree?

Engineers use scientific and economic knowledge, theory and research to invent and design and then build structures, devices, and systems. Engineering technologists research, develop and design engineering practices and technologies.

Am I too old to become an engineer?

While it is never too late to start your dream career if you want to become an engineer you will need to have a degree or qualification in an engineering discipline so the sooner you get started on your studies the sooner your career can begin.

Where can I study Engineering Technology?

Explore your options here

Did You Know?

· The Ferris wheel is one of the Greatest Engineering Wonders. The very first Ferris wheel was created by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania engineer, George W. Ferris, in 1893. The 140-foot steel towers and 45-foot axle were the largest pieces of constructed steel at the time.

· One third of the world population has never made a telephone call.

· Although the famous first flight at Kitty Hawk took place on December 17, 1903, the secretive Wright Brothers did not demonstrate the technology to the broader public until August 8, 1908.

· Telecommunications satellites, and other satellites that need to maintain their position above a specific place on the earth, must orbit at 35,786 kilometers and travel in the same direction as the earth’s rotation.

· Engineers calculate and design technology that allows the use of virtual reality to aid surgeons in many procedures, such as the reconstruction of facial birth defects.

Mariza Halliday

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