This innovative programme is one of the first of its kind to give the opportunity to learners to start their degree programme in the FE sector. Students will spend the first year of their programme at SligoCFE and then will have the choice of three different locations (ATU Galway City, ATU Sligo or ATU Donegal) to continue their studies. In ATU Galway City, students will be offered the Sustainable Engineering Technologies for the Manufacturing Industry stream, whereas in Donegal they will be offered the Sustainable Engineering Technologies for Computing stream.
The overall aim of this programme is to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies in sustainable engineering technologies that will allow them to lead an organisation in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. The objectives of the programme are to:
1. Provide a critical awareness of the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing society and the inter-relatedness of these challenges;
2. Develop strategic, critical and systems thinking competencies to embed sustainability technologies into organisational practices and decisions;
3. Provide the knowledge and skills to understand environmental, social, and economic impacts and develop evidence based, transparent sustainability monitoring and reporting;
4. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to lead transformational change;
5. Provide an opportunity to apply sustainability concepts and frameworks to their professional context.
Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years old to apply for this programme. They must meet one of the following entry criteria:
Leaving Certificate-Grade O6/H7 or better in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics. Leaving Certificate must include English or Irish. Irish at F2 is acceptable to meet the minimum language requirements. OR•
A Full level 5/6 QQI award which includes 5N1833, 6N3395, 5N18396, 5N0556 or 5S2246 or LCE Maths. OR
Mature applicants -(aged 23 on or before 1st January of the course commencement year). These applicants do not have to meet the minimum entry requirements listed here and are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience, and demonstration of competence to undertake the programme) OR QQI FET Foundation Certificate or Joint ATU/NUI Galway Foundation Certificates or Certificate in Access for Higher Education or equivalent. OR An applicant who is a minimum of 17 years of age with at least 2 years post Junior Certificate relevant experience. All applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment and/or be from one or more of the priority groups or from any priority group identified as part of the next National Access Plan (2022-2028). Applicants must demonstrate competence to undertake the programme including an equivalence to an O6/H7 in LCE Maths.
In addition, non-EU students for whom English is not their first language must meet the following English language requirements: A minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent. All results must have been achieved within 2 years of application. EU applicants who are not native English speakers are recommended to have a minimum score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent. ATU and the ETB value all learning regardless of the mode or place of its acquisition. Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to gain access to the programme and/or gain exemptions.
Aptitude: Candidates meeting minimum entry requirements will be interviewed by the Education and Training Board which will consider the student's suitability for full-time degree programmes of study and its associated academic requirements. Key considerations will be previous education, work experience, demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme, motivation, understanding of the requirements of studying for a degree and barriers faced in accessing tertiary education.
Previous Experience: Candidates meeting minimum entry requirements will be interviewed by the Education and Training Board which will consider the student's suitability for full-time degree programmes of study and its associated academic requirements. Key considerations will be previous education, work experience, demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme, motivation, understanding of the requirements of studying for a degree and barriers faced in accessing tertiary education.
On successful completion of this programme the learner will / should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to the field of sustainable engineering technologies, including their role in achieving the sustainable development goals.
2. Use their detailed knowledge of sustainable engineering technologies to critically analyse where and how these technologies can be used to support their organisation in addressing the sustainable development goals.
3. Use their detailed knowledge of environmental standards and sustainable engineering technologies to support their company is securing certifications.
4. Demonstrate mastery in the use of tools that can support the design and implementation of sustainable systems.
5. Demonstrate mastery in the use of tools that can support the monitoring and reporting of key performance indicators in the field of sustainability.
6. Exercise appropriate judgement to select and support the implementation of engineering technologies in their company.
7. Exercise appropriate judgement to specify, select and use simulation and data processing tools to design and/or optimise systems in their organisation.
8. Use advanced skills in sustainable design and continuous improvement to optimise systems and drive change in their company.
9. Use advanced skills to conduct research on advanced topics in engineering technologies and improve the contribution of their organisation to the sustainable development goals.
10. Act effectively under guidance in a peer relationship with qualified practitioners to conduct implementation or continuous improvement projects in an industry setting, and communicate their findings to multidisciplinary teams.
11. Lead multi-disciplinary groups in the design of systems where sustainability might conflict other interests such as cost or/and efficiency.
12. Manage learning tasks to investigate how current and emerging technologies in simulation, data processing and automation can support the planning, integration and optimisation of systems.
13. Identify gaps in personal knowledge and skills, and identify appropriate means to gain these attributes.
14. Use simulation, data analytics and decision-making theory to not only identify key parameters and issues of a system, but also risk assess potential solutions.