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2.3 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Engineering Education in Ireland and throughout Europe has changed dramatically over the last few years and the pace of change is ensuring that we, the educators are constantly keeping abreast of new developments and benchmarks. Programmes that were based on inputs from learners are now outcomes based and the onus is on the educators and facilitators to provide evidence that graduates are capable of conducting specific tasks, commonly termed as Programme Outcomes. Similarly, greater onus is now placed on the learner to take greater responsibility for their educational development. The new and current process of meeting the educational requirements of becoming a Chartered Engineer are been modified to meet new outcomes that are designed to enhance the engineering and professional development skills of the learner for 2013 and beyond. This paper discusses the development of Mechanical Engineering Programmes in Ireland, the associated programme outcomes and the alignment of engineering programmes in Europe. The paper will also discuss what the authors recognise as strengths and weaknesses within the engineering education provided now and in the future
Kennedy, D., Good, R.: Mechanical Engineering Education in Irish Context on route to becoming a Chartered Engineer. International Conference on Materials and Tribology, MATRIB 2008, Grilec, Maric & Jakovljevic (eds), Croatia, June 2008.