Higher Certificate in Engineering in Agricultural Mechanisation (Level 6)
This course provides the student with education and training to work within the area of Agricultural Technology. The focus is firmly on the provision of skilled technicians for the farm machinery industry in Ireland.
Course Duration: 2 years
Awarding Body: Limerick Institute of Technology
The graduate also qualifies as a "Young Trained Farmer"
Course Code: LC284
Location: Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry & Limerick Institute of Technology
Application: CAO (2019 Points 209)
Minimum Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested).
Year 1 Modules: Introduction to Tractor Engineering & Workshop Processes, Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Technology, Machinery Operations, Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Science, Computer Applications including CAD, Project.
Year 2 Modules: Industrial Placement, Intermediate Tractor Engineering, Intermediate Electrical & Electronic Technology, Business Management, Workshop Administration, Computing Agricultural Engineering, Intermediate Agricultural Engineering.
Progression: Students can progress to the add-on Bachelor Degree of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering (Level 7) or Bachelor of Engineering in Road Transport, Technology and Management Level 7 at Limerick Institute of Technology
Potential Job Prospects:
- Agricultural Dealerships
- Machinery Importers
- Machinery Fabricators
- Heavy Plant Dealers and Operators
- Agricultural Contractors
Cathal Fenlon, Wexford
I decided to do the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Agricultural Mechanisation (Level 6) course as I had a keen interest in Agriculture and most importantly Machinery. There was a good balance between practical instruction and the theory side of the course. I gained a great base to start my career at Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry and gained confidence in operating and maintaining farm machinery.
For my project I fabricated a bearing press this gave me the opportunity to put both theory and practical learning into use. I had to produce drawings for the project using Autocad and I also got to help out with a wide variety of other projects.
I also felt that practical learning period was very beneficial as I done my placement with Templetouhy Fam Machinery in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. I gained a lot experience in servicing and repairing John Deere tractors and combines.
After completing this course I got the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with Templetouhy Farm Machinery Enniscorthy.
I would highly recommend this course as the work placement gave me an insight into what it was like to work in a garage and I learned that this was the career I wanted to pursue.
My advice to future students would be to get involved with the sports teams, and get involved on the farm.