Mechanical Engineering has been taught in TCD since 1842 but in later years as part of a broad engineering science degree (BAI or Baccalaureus in Arte Ingeniaria, Latin for Bachelor in the Art of Engineering). This degree structure was introduced in 1979 at a time of major curriculum overhaul and expanding student numbers. This engineering educational model is unique to Trinity College Dublin. The first two Freshman years are common for all Engineering students, followed by two Sophister years of specialisation to obtain the BAI degree, and a fifth year to obtain the MAI (Masters in the Art of Engineering) degree. The first year consolidates the study of mathematical and physical sciences. Students are introduced to different facets of engineering through course and laboratory work and project design-based learning. The second year covers subjects basic to all engineering disciplines. After the second year, students select the branch of engineering in which to specialise.
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering is one of six specialisations offered by the School of Engineering. Our academic staff also contribute strongly to the Biomedical Engineering programme. Besides the BAI/MAI Engineering course, we are also engaged in the BSc/MAI Engineering with Management course. Altogether, we educate some 300 undergraduate students each year, as well as contributing to teaching of first and second year Engineering students. Detailed information on all undergraduate courses offered is available from the School of Engineering.
Information about studying abroad (for incoming international students and outgoing students) is available on the International section of the School of Engineering website. For more information, contact the School's Global Officer or the stream coordinators.
For prospective students, Engineers Ireland have developed some interesting websites to discover what different disciplines of engineering are involved in: www.steps.ie/students/16-18/what-is-engineering-.aspx and www.engineersireland.ie. Engineers Ireland also publishes interesting annual reports on employment statistics for engineers.
Students specialising in Mechanical Engineering are entering a broad multidisciplinary field with plenty of opportunities for highly qualified jobs. Our graduates are employed across a wide range of areas, including:
- Engineering consultancy companies engaged in national and international engineering projects,
- Public transport, power generation and distribution utilities, process engineering, and renewable energy companies,
- Engineering and manufacturing companies in the automotive and aeronautical sector,
- Companies manufacturing mechanical, electronic, biomedical, chemical and pharmaceutical products,
- Academic research or teaching institutions, government research bodies,
- Various other fields such as business management, financial and insurance services and ICT.