What will I learn?

What is the programme about?

This programme provides students with education and training to work within the area of Agricultural Technology. The focus of this programme is firmly on the provision of skilled technicians for the farm machinery industry in Ireland.

The subject matter includes tractor engineering and workshop process, machinery operation, electrical and electronic technology, administration and management, engineering science and mathematics, engineering drawing and CAD and computer studies, project and industrial placement together with a high degree of personal and practical skills. Students will be taught a mix of technology, practical, academic, administrative and managerial modules which will prepare them to carry out complex diagnostics and repairs of modern machinery and to be receptive to future technological developments to take advantage of vacancies that will arise within the industry.

The programme has a high practical content with the inclusion of a 33 week work placement in approved training locations such as main garages, contractors and fabricators. Students will also have the opportunity to complete work placement abroad. The placement will give students the job skills necessary for today’s employment market.

This programme is run in conjunction with the Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. In Year 1, 4 days are delivered in Pallaskenry with 1 Day attendance on LIT’s Moylish Park Campus. In Year 2, 3 days are delivered in Pallaskenry and 2 days in LIT.

Who is the programme suited to?

​The programme is suited to those with an interest in understanding and learning about agricultural machinery. The programme has a good balance of theory and practical and is suited to those people who prefer “hands on” work and who want to be able to maintain and operate farm machinery.

Top 3 Reasons

1. Opportunity to progress your studies by ladder approach into a Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Road Transport Technology and Management at LIT or other programmes in Ireland and abroad.

2. A work placement of 33 weeks, which is an important part of the programme, to give you the job skills necessary for today’s employment market. Last year, 16 of the 29 learners on this programme had their work placement in America.

3. You will develop a diverse set of skills with hands-on practical workshops and also have the knowledge of the administrative and managerial work needed for this industry.

Further Studies

Graduates of the programme can progress to a Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Road Transport Technology and Management degree at LIT or abroad (Harper Adams, Reaseheath), Trades. Employment opportunities include Machinery Dealerships, Machinery Importers, Machinery Manufacturers, Agricultural Contractors, Heavy Plant Operators.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

September 2022

Venue

Limerick Institute of Technology

Moylish Park,

Limerick,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Applicants are advised that those with a grade less than O4 in Ordinary level Mathematics may have difficulty coping with the mathematics content of this programme.

For entry to undergraduate courses a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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