The developments of electronic engineers are everywhere. There are thousands of electrical devices and systems available today that electronic engineers have somehow touched. Anything you plug into the wall - stereos, computers, microwaves, televisions, power tools, and major appliances - has been designed by an electronic engineer. Even things you can't plug into the wall - satellites, cellular phones, and mp3 players - have been designed, manufactured, or modified by electronic engineers.
    Major specializations within electronic engineering include communications, optical engineering, robotics, power control systems and computer engineering. A communications specialist may design and improve worldwide networks of telephones, radio, or television. You may be asked to help design new satellites to provide instant access to voice, image, or other data anyplace in the galaxy. A robotics or control specialist designs automatic controls for machines, appliances, and manufacturing processes, including computers that use expert systems software to incorporate automatic decision-making into manufacturing processes. The laboratories are well equipped with modern computer and wireless communications equipment, microcontroller development systems and appropriate digital design packages.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     2/3  Mathematics 3 Mandatory  5  4
     Signals & Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Analogue Circuit Design 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Micro-controllers Mandatory  5  4
     Communications Systems Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Mathematics 4 Mandatory  5  4
     Java Programming Mandatory  5  3
     Instrumentation Mandatory  5  4
     Digital Communications and Transmission Mandatory  5  5
     Analogue Circuit Design 2 Mandatory  10  6
     3/5  Mathematics 5 Mandatory  5  4
     Engineering Management Mandatory  5  4
     Design Project 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Embedded Systems 1 Mandatory  10  6
     PLC Control 2 Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Mathematics 6 Mandatory  5  4
     Wireless Communications  Mandatory  5  5
     Analogue Electronics 2 Mandatory  10  6
     Project 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Engineering Management 2 Mandatory  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    The graduate will be able to:
    • Understand the key areas in digital design.
    • Understand the key concepts of system design and programming.
    • Understand the key concepts of analogue and digital signal processing.
    • Understand the key concepts of analogue and digital communications and specific communications systems/protocols.
    • Understand the process of testing and debugging both hardware and software.
    • Understand the major issues of manufacturing management and quality.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates from this programme may progress to the B.Eng. (Honours) in Embedded Systems Design at LYIT and to Honours Degree and Masters level at other Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Because of the proliferation of electronics in all industries, electronic engineering technicians work at many different levels within many different companies. Students who successfully complete the B.Eng. in Electronics would expect to find initial employment as:
    • A test technician, troubleshooting electronic circuits or programming automatic test equipment;
    • A field service technician, installing and setting up electronic control equipment in industry;
    • As a sales technician, negotiating with industrial clients on the purchase of electronic systems;
    • A process technician, ensuring quality control in the production of electronic equipment.
    They will have a high level of technical knowledge in the subject areas studied. Suitable vacancies for holder of B.Eng. degrees arise in manufacturing industry, service and research establishments. Some electronic engineers are technical advisors for marketing departments of companies and some are in management positions.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact Dr Jim Morrison, Head of Department of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: jim.morrison@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186401