This subject replaces Junior Certificate Metalwork. Engineering promotes an educational understanding of the materials and a knowledge of the processes associated with mechanical engineering. This is achieved through the development of skills and initiative in the planning, development and realization of technological projects in a safe manner. It involves the study of materials and material testing. Topics covered include welding, electronics and mechanisms.

The course is examined by means of a practical project, a day-long practical exam in April or May of sixth year and a terminal written examination in June. The practical exam is worth 25% and they are graded on precision skills. The practical project involves the completion of a design brief, which is worth 25%.

You would really have to have done Junior Certificate metalwork to have a good idea as to what is involved in engineering. There is a good mix of theory and practice involved in this subject. Many students enjoy the practical aspect but are not too happy when it comes to the theory. You will have to present a project as part of the Leaving Certificate examination, so talk to the teacher involved so that you know exactly the balance between the theory and practical in Leaving Cert Engineering.

Third Level Entry Requirements

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Useful for:  Agricultural Engineering, Aircraft Technician, Army/Air Corps Apprenticeships, Engineering Teacher, Fitter/Turner, Industrial Design, Industrial Design, Industrial Operatives, Mechanics, Mechanical Production, Motor Mechanics, Structural and Civil engineer and Technician, Welder.