Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering CW478

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW478
  • 32
  • 465
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
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What is this Course about?

Civil Engineers design, construct and maintain the Built Environment on which our modern societies depend.  Civil Engineering includes our Roads, the Supply of Safe Water, Sewage and Wastewater treatment, our Buildings and our Bridges, our Railways, our Airports and Electricity Generation.  Ensuring that we Protect our Natural Environment while maintaining this critical infrastructure in a Sustainable manner is an increasingly important part of what Civil Engineers do. 

The work of Civil Engineers is all around us.  Prominent examples of Civil Engineering projects around the globe include the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal, the Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric Scheme, the Channel Tunnel joining England and France, the towering Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the London Underground System.  In recent years in Ireland we have seen the Dublin Port Tunnel, the creation of the Irish Motorway Network, the Luas light rail system in Dublin and the amazing Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow.

Studying on this course will give you the skills to work as a Civil Engineer and play an important role in the Design, Construction and Maintenance of vital Civil Engineering projects.  You will be able to work on major civil engineering projects for Design Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Local Authorities and Utility Companies such as Irish Water and the ESB.  The employment prospects for Civil Engineers are excellent with demand exceeding supply!

Find out more about the exciting world of Civil Engineering on our Facebook Page at  Civil Engineering (IT Carlow) | Facebook

Course Structure

Our course is broadly based and covers the Core Civil Engineering disciplines of Highways, Structures, Geotechnics, Water and Environmental. You will study the fundamental engineering science that underlies these disciplines and apply this knowledge to the Design and Construction of a wide variety of Civil Engineering Projects from Motorways to Buildings, Bridges, Water & Wastewater Schemes and Environmental Projects. You will learn about the importance of developing Sustainable Solutions for Civil Engineering Projects. You will develop the analytical skills and structured approach to problem solving that underlies Civil Engineering. 

We strongly believe in Learning by Doing.  Our course is built around a combination of Lectures and Practical work. You will develop your understanding of engineering science by applying it to practical problems. Practical work will include individual and team-based design projects and material testing in our modern laboratories. Our small class sizes provide you with an excellent supportive learning environment with easy access to consult with your lecturers. An Industrial Placement in the Summer between the third and fourth year is an integral part of the course and allows you to develop your skills in industry working on real civil engineering projects.

Is this course for you?

Do you enjoy problem solving? Do you enjoy making things? Do you like working as part of a team? Are you interested in helping to create Bridges, Roads & Buildings? Are you interested in helping to provide Clean Water and Protect and Sustain our Environment? Do you like Maths and Science? If Yes, then Civil Engineering is the course for you!

Special Features:

  • This course is accredited by Engineers Ireland which ensures that it meets the high standards demanded by Engineers Ireland for Level 8 honours degrees and sets you on course to become a Chartered Engineer.
  • Our course is broadly based and will enable you to choose to work in a range of civil engineering disciplines.
  • Our combination of Lectures and Practical Work allows you to develop and practice your knowledge and skills.  Learning by Doing is at the core of what you will do at IT Carlow.
  • Our lecturers are all Chartered Civil Engineers with many years of National and International Experience which ensures that our course has a strong practical emphasis that prepares you for the world of work.
  • Excellent Career Prospects!! – our graduates work for Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Local Authorities, Utility Companies such as Irish Water and ESB.  Our graduates normally secure positions prior to graduation.
  • Advanced entry to Stage 3 of CW478 is available for Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering graduates (NFQ Level 7) who have attained an M2 award outcome, 70% in maths and meet the other course entry requirements. Potential applicants who do not meet this maths entry requirement but who have attained the M2 award outcome can sit a pre-honours degree mathematics examination in Institute of Technology Carlow. This mathematics examination is held in late August or early September each year, where required. To be eligible for entry to the programme applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70% in this mathematics examination. A refresher mathematics course is offered prior to the exam. 

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

There are a range of taught masters courses covering different civil engineering specialisms available from various 3rd level institutes. This will allow you to take further studies in a particular area of civil engineering.

We at IT Carlow offer an MSc in the Built Environment which would be suitable for those graduates with a particular interest in Construction Management. There are also opportunities to undertake a Research Masters or Doctoral studies at IT Carlow

What exemptions will I receive?

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

A Civil Engineering Degree gives you a lot of choice for your working career.  Most of our graduates take up roles in the Design, Construction and Maintenance of large Civil Engineering projects but the analytical problem-solving skills of Civil Engineers are valued in many industries. We highlight some of the areas our graduates work in below

  • Work as a Design Engineer with Civil Engineering Consultants designing solutions for new engineering projects from Motorways to Water Treatment, Drainage to Bridges, Buildings to Environmental Protection.
  • Work with Civil Engineering Contractors. Initially you will be very much involved in the construction process - setting out and supervising construction and applying your skills to design methods to overcome construction challenges. As you progress in your career you will take more management responsibility for projects as a Project Manager or Contracts Manager.
  • Work with Local Authorities.  Many of our graduates work with local authorities and have a key role in maintaining vital existing infrastructure and managing the development of new infrastructure such as roads, water, sewage, drainage, housing and environmental protection.
  • Work with Large Utility Providers – Many civil engineers work with large utilities such as Irish Water, ESB and Bord Gais where they are a key part of developing and maintaining the relevant utility services.
  • Work is Plentiful! The demand for civil engineers greatly exceeds current supply.  We expect this to continue as the requirements outlined by the Irish Government in Project Ireland 2040 mean a strong pipeline of vital civil engineering work over the next 20 years.
 

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at H4

Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics

Students who do not meet the H4 grade in Higher Level Mathematic may sit IT Carlow’s special mathematics examination. This special pre-honours degree mathematics examination is considered equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics and will be held in August / September each year as required. To be eligible for entry to the programme applicants must achieve a pass in this pre-honours degree mathematics examination. A refresher mathematics course may be offered prior to the exam. https://www.itcarlow.ie/courses/department/built-environment/entrance-exam-maths.htm

What are the minimum Advanced Entry requirements?

Graduates of a Level 7 Ordinary Degree Programme in Civil Engineering from Institute of Technology Carlow or any other Institutes of Technology who achieve a minimum GPA of 50% or equivalent and who have obtained a minimum of 70% in Mathematics in Year 3 of their Ordinary Degree are eligible for entry to the programme.

Graduates of a Level 7 Ordinary Degree Programme in Civil Engineering from Institute of Technology Carlow or any other Institutes of Technology who achieve a minimum GPA of 50% or equivalent, but have not obtained a minimum of 70% in Mathematics in Year 3 of their Ordinary Degree, can sit a pre-honours degree mathematics examination in Institute of Technology Carlow. It is envisaged this pre-honours degree mathematics examination will be held in late August early September each year, where required. To be eligible for entry to the programme applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70% in this pre-honours degree mathematics examination. A refresher mathematics course is offered prior to the exam.

Subjects

Year 1

Semester 1

Mathematics & Statistics 1
Civil Engineering Technology 1
Engineering Physics
Material Science & Soil Mechanics
Engineering Drawing
 
 

Semester 2

Engineering Mathematics 1
Civil Engineering Technology 2
Engineering Chemistry
Quantity Surveying & Estimating
Engineering Drawing 2 & Surveying & Setting Out 1
 
 

Year 2

Semester 3

Mathematics &Statistics 2
Structural Analysis 1
Geotechnical Engineering 1
Civil Engineering Economics & Management
Civil Engineering Drawing and Surveying
 
 

Semester 4

Engineering Mathematics 2
Structural Design 1
Geotechnical Engineering 2
Earthworks Analysis
Civil Engineering Drawing and BIM
 
 

Year 3

Semester 5

Structural Analysis 2
Engineering Mathematics 3
Road Design
Engineering Geology 1
Environmental Engineering 1 and Hydraulics
 
 

Semester 6

Structural Design and Analysis 1
Mathematics & Statistics 3
Highway & Traffic Engineering 1
Engineering Geology 2
Hydraulics
 
 

Year 4

Semester 7

Engineering Mathematics 4
Geotechnical Engineering 3
Environmental Hydraulics 1
Structural Design and Analysis 2
Engineer in Society and Work Placement
Dissertation
 
 

Semester 8

Highway & Traffic Engineering 2
Geotechnical Engineering 4
Environmental Hydraulics 2
Structural Design and Analysis 3
Dissertation
 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Shane Murray
BA(Hons), BAI, MSc, HCert, CEng, MIEI
E: shane.murray@setu.ie