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What is Engineering with management?

Engineering with management is an exciting and wide-ranging engineering programme that is broad in scope and aims to develop both the technical and business aspects of engineering. Engineers are problem-solvers. They apply their practical and analytical skills to highly complex and varied problems. In almost every human endeavour, an engineer has been involved somewhere. They have created the designs and systems to make everything from:

  • gliders to space craft
  • ball-point pens to laser printers
  • matchbox cars to F1 racing cars
  • wheelchairs to artificial joints for the human body

Engineering with management is concerned with the analysis, design, improvement, installation and management of integrated systems of people, finance, materials and equipment. It draws upon specialised knowledge in the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, together with a number of disciplines such as the management of people, finances, production, project management and communications. Our graduates have the technical skills common to all excellent engineers, with this knowledge augmented by an understanding of the commercial and industrial environment and the ability to generate innovative solutions to the problems of the world.

Is this the right course for you?

Do you like the creative, analytical, problem-solving focus of engineering? Do you like the diversity of engineering? Perhaps, though, you see your professional life more involved with running a company, managing projects, or being a consultant? If any of these describes you, then you should consider this course. The diversity and flexibility of this course will give you endless possibilities in your professional life, both in what you do and how you do it. As well as providing the core competencies for employment in research, manufacturing, production, design and engineering consultancy, the breadth of course equips graduates to compete favourably with general graduates for careers in the business and financial sectors.

A key feature of the Engineering with management programme is that the class size is capped at 20 students. This reflects a core belief in the value of small-group teaching and hands-on exercises, and delivered through active learning strategies implemented by our world class staff.

Course overview

The course is a fully accredited professional engineering degree that produces graduate engineers capable of working in the competitive environment of world-class manufacturing. To achieve this, the syllabus integrates management subjects with a proven engineering programme, delivered by one of the elite engineering schools in the world.

Approximately 80% of the syllabus comprises engineering subjects such as design, automation, computer simulation/modelling, bio-engineering and materials. The remaining 20% comprises management subjects such as marketing, finance, quality systems, operations strategy, and human resources management, amongst others.

The syllabus is ambitious and diverse and will appeal to students who wish to broaden a traditional engineering degree with business and management skills.

Students in the Engineering with management programme have the option of completing a 4 year bachelor level degree (B.Sc.) or proceeding (subject to satisfactory performance in their third year) to a 2-year Masters cycle, resulting in a 5 year Masters level degree (M.A.I.).

What will you study?

The course is structured around themes that are developed over the four years. These themes are:

  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Business and management
  • Design
  • Manufacturing engineering

Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on group projects, case studies and teamwork. Many of our 4th years are undertaking the 4E5 (Innovation in product design) module. This pairs us in teams with students from Stanford University; each team consisting of four students from each university. The course also involves two trips over to Stanford and the Silicon Valley area. The teams are working with industrial sponsors, such as S.A.P. and Panasonic with a mission to create innovative solutions to real customer needs.

Course content

Engineering with management at a glance

Students in TR038 pursue an accredited engineering degree. Several of the courses are shared with the general engineering (TR032) class, MSISS (TR034) and business students (TR081) but the vast majority are unique to TR038.

Junior Freshman (1st yr):

A foundation year that will introduce you to many of the basic concepts in Engineering with management.

Project Work:

Individual and group projects on designing new product concepts and experimental methods.

Example: Design, build and test a Roman Mangonel (catapult).

Mandatory Subjects:

Core engineering fundamentals in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing

Introductions to Manufacturing and Management

Group Design Project

Optional subjects:

None

Senior Freshman (2nd yr):

Development of themes in Engineering and management introduced in the first year.

Project Work:

Design projects introducing standards in drawing and design using computer-aided engineering software tools. Group and independent research projects in materials.

Example: Design, build and test a metal bodied resonator guitar.

Mandatory Subjects:

Further development of core engineering knowledge in Mathematics, Materials, Electronics, Liquid and solid systems and structures, Energy

Theory and practice of Design, Materials and Manufacturing

Statistics and finance for management

Large group design project

Optional subjects:

None

Junior Sophister (3rd yr):

Integrates the professional degree in engineering with management science.

Project Work:

Individual and group design projects integrating manufacturing, business, and human factors.

Example: Redesign of a hand-held power sander.

Mandatory Subjects:

Theory of machines, Materials and computer methods of problem solving

Communications and people management, Information systems

Advanced manufacturing and design

Optional subjects:

Bio-medical options: Anatomy and physiology, Probability, Biomedical design

Mechanical options: Robotics, Forecasting, Project management

Work Placement

Students are encouraged and assisted in finding suitable vacation work between the third and fourth year.

Fourth and (optional) fifth year:

Final integration of the professional degrees (B.Sc. or M.A.I.) in engineering with management.

Project Work: Substantial engineering project emphasising the integration of technical and business solutions.

Examples: Control of a self-balancing robot, Injury reduction by implanting multiple stents into a curved artery, Design of an eco-efficient clothes dryer.

Mandatory Subjects:

Advanced manufacturing

Supply chain management

Research methods (5th year only)

Major individual project

Optional subjects:

An approved combination of:

Mechanical and manufacturing: 14 options

Bio-medical: 8 options

Other engineering: 5 options

Business and management: 9 options

Design: 5 options

Work Placement/Study Abroad

A range of formal options are available - see section below on 'Five Year Masters in Engineering'.

Five Year Masters in Engineering

The B.Sc. degree programme is based on a 4-year programme comprising both technical engineering subjects and a significant business and management component. Students who achieve a satisfactory academic standard in their 3rd year may proceed to a two year Masters cycle, which will lead to the award of an M.A.I. (Masters in Engineering) degree. Those students who choose to graduate after four years with the B.Sc. degree will require additional qualifications (e.g. further/alternative post-graduate study) to be eligible for professional accreditation with Engineers Ireland.

Three principal routes are available:

  • The entire 4th year is taken abroad at an approved partner university, after which students return to Trinity and complete their studies with an appropriate range of advanced level modules and a substantial research-based project.
  • An extended period (approximately 6-8 months) in the 4th year is spent at either an approved partner university (e.g. KTH Stockholm, IST Lisbon, UPC Barcelona, EPFL Lausanne, KUL Belgium), or in a formal industrial placement, after which students return to Trinity and complete their studies with an appropriate range of advanced level modules and a substantial research-based project.
  • An integrated 2 year cycle based in Trinity, comprising an approved combination of project work and lectures.

Assessment

Assessment is by written examination, continuous assessment (laboratory and tutorial assignments) and project work. Some courses, such as design, are assessed completely by continuous assessment.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have a wide range of skills that will allow them to excel quickly in both the engineering and engineering management fields. Graduates will be suited to jobs in the high-tech sector (e.g. computer, aerospace, pharmaceutical, electronic) as well as traditional manufacturing (e.g. design, fabrication, assembly). They often work as project managers on teams with design and test engineers, managers, financial controllers, marketing and sales people. The qualification is also well suited to those who wish to pursue careers in project management and management consultancy as well as in the broader business and financial sectors.

Graduates will be able to adapt to a wide range of careers and working environments. Career opportunities are extremely broad, but the following list may give some idea of the range of options available. Past graduates are currently working in IBM, Intel, Project Management Group, JP Morgan, Davies Stockbrokers, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Denis Woods Forensic Engineers, PwC Accountancy, Accenture, and Reckitt Benckiser.

Further information

www.tcd.ie/mecheng/engman

E-mail: kevin.kelly@tcd.ie

Tel: + 353 1 896 1383

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics
Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

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