Engineering Department


Welcome to the Engineering Department at Tullamore College. Engineering and Metalwork are optional subjects and an integral part of our school curriculum. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for our students to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow them to succeed not only as Engineers, but as Innovators and Leaders in all fields. A significant number of our students have made successful careers in Engineering and related disciplines.


 
Latest News in the Engineering Department

Engineering Excellence 2015

Our Engineering and Metalwork students were recently successful at the Engineering Technology Teachers' Association Young Engineer Competition.
 
Congratulations to Matthew Murphy and Conor Lynch who came 1st and 2nd respectfully for their Leaving Certificate Higher Level Engineering Projects. They now progress to the national final.
 
Well done to Caoimhe Griffin, Dylan Cuskelly and Ben Neale for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectfully for the Junior Certificate Higher Level Project and also to Dylan Hensey and James Minnock for placing 1st and 2nd for their Ordinary Level Projects.

 

Successful Year for Engineering Department

Congratulations to Gavin Mooney and Cian Fogarty for placing 1st and 3rd respectfully in the Mid-Leinster Region for their Junior Certificate Metalwork Projects.

Also, well done to John Neale who received a distinction for his Leaving Certificate Engineering Project at National Level. He qualified after winning the Mid-Leinster Region.

Their teacher was Mr JP Meehan

Click Here to see a photo of Gavin's and Cian's projects.

 

2013 All Ireland Mini Sumo Robot Champions

Team ‘Excalibur’, won the first junior mini sumo robot competition hosted by Robotics Ireland at the Galway Education Centre on the 19th of April 2013. Five Tullamore College teams entered this years competition under the guidance of Mr. C. Meehan.The students worked hard throughout the year on this project. To find out more about the students work click here.

Click here to find out more about this years Transition Year robotics success.


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Teaching and Learning

Click here for the Department of Education and Science Subject Inspection Report on METALWORK & ENGINEERING in Tullamore College (2008).

 

 

Teachers

  • Mr. Jim Mooney (Department Co-ordinator)
  • Mr. JP Meehan
  • Mr. Michael Doolan
  • Mr. Gaelan Elliffe

 
Why Study Metalwork?

The ability to research, design and create an end product using one's own initiative is a quality that all employers are looking for. Engineering at Tullamore College promotes and nurtures this ability through self-directed discovery learning. This is achieved through interesting, pupil-driven, workshop settings where the pupils are encouraged to get involved in the design process and take responsibility for their own work.


 
Curriculum (Metalwork & Engineering)

The Department offers subjects at both Junior Cycle level (Metalwork) and Senior Cycle level (Engineering).

Metalwork

Junior Engineering (Materials Technology Metal - Metalwork) is the perfect introduction for Junior Certificate students to the world of engineering. It allows students to develop all the basic practical knowledge and skills necessary to manufacture a broad range of engineering components and products.

As well as an introduction to design, students learn the basics of:

  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Handtools and Equipment
  • Measurement
  • Machining
  • CNC Machining
  • Joining of Materials
  • Health & Safety (Good Workshop Practice)

With both theory and practical elements to the examination, the student will get a great opportunity to show their talents. With the completion and part design of a Final Project, students find Junior Engineering to be a motivating and rewarding subject, opening their eyes to the world of engineering at Leaving Certificate level and beyond.


Engineering

Engineering in general is one of the most integral and fast-moving facets of modern life. To choose a career in the epicentre of such an interesting and dynamic field must be an exciting prospect for any student.

Engineering Technology at Leaving Certificate gives students a firm grounding in all the main engineering principles:

  • Materials Science
  • Polymer Technology
  • Machining
  • CAD/CAM
  • Material Joining
  • Measurement and Inspection
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Design
  • Health and Safety

Students of Engineering will use a unique range of skills in the design and production of a project to meet a specified design brief. This project, allied witha practical skills test and a final written paper on engineering theory make Engineering Technology a very diverse, interesting and challenging subject. It will allow a student to develop a true appreciation for the world of engineering and provide them with an introduction to Engineering at Third Level and a possible career in one of the many facets of the subject. 


 
Careers in Engineering

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Links

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2013 All Ireland Mini Sumo Robot Champions

Team ‘Excalibur’, won the first junior mini sumo robot competition hosted by Robotics Ireland at the Galway Education Centre on the 19th of April 2013. Five Tullamore College teams entered this years competition under the guidance of Mr. C. Meehan.The students worked hard throughout the year on this project. To find out more about the students work click here.


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Project Awards

The following students have excelled at Engineering and Materials Technology Metal (Metalwork) and have recieved awards from the Enginering Technology Teachers Association (ETTA) in recognition of their outstanding work.

Leaving Certificate
 
2013 -- John Neale 1st Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence
 
2012 -- David McElligott 1st Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence
 
2011 -- Sarah McEvoy 1st Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence
            Mark Egan 2nd Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence

2009 -- Brent Brown 1st Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence
            Declan Dooley 2nd Mid-Leinster Region, National Award for Excellence


 
Junior Certificate
2013 -- Gavin Mooney, Cian Fogarty 1st & 3rd respectfully Mid-Leinster Region


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