Leaving Certificate Engineering


Leaving Certificate engineering is the study of mechanical engineering for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education. Students develop the skills and initiative in the planning, development and realisation of technological projects in a safe manner. Practical resourcefulness, creativity and design in the planning and development of technological projects are emphasised. There are two main areas of study: workshop processes, and materials and technology.

Aims of the subject

Engineering is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level, by means of a written examination, a project and a practical examination.

The course represents a study of a wide range of mechanical engineering materials, processes and technological applications integrated with the acquisition of the manipulative skills and techniques necessary for practical resourcefulness, creativity and design realisation in the execution of work.

It aims to promote an educational knowledge of the materials; an understanding of the processes; ability in safely using the skills and tools to achieve objectives through practical work; initiative in the planning and development of technological projects. 

The syllabus is presented in two sections:

  • Workshop Processes

This section represents all the practical processes which may be applied in the school workshop integral with the related theory. This section will carry 300 marks in the examination at both levels. Ordinary and Higher:

There will be 150 marks for a practical examination and 150 marks for assessment of workshop/laboratory work and projects.

  • Materials and Technology

This section represents the wider knowledge and technology as a whole. In the written examinations this section will carry 200 marks at Ordinary level and 300 marks at higher level

Subject Objectives

Engineering provides an introduction to materials and process engineering and an insight into associated technology. It is founded in practical activity that seeks to link observation and action with ingenuity and creativity within a problem-solving context. Students are provided with different aspects of knowledge and skills relating to metalwork. Level of understanding, competence and attitudes are constantly assessed to help improve the education within the classroom.

Subject Teacher

The subject teacher is Mr Mc Namara; who has several years experience working as an Engineer and then teaching Engineering in our school. His initial qualification is in Manufacturing Engineering, he then specialised in Design Engineering and worked for a number of years as a Design Engineer for an electronics company. Following a change in career, he went back to college to study teaching and we have been lucky to have him in our staff since then. He is very passionate about his subject area and has great knowledge that fosters great interest and enthusiasm among his students.

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