Subject Overview

Engineering addresses the process of cyclical design to produce products and systems that adhere
to defined conventions and standards. The focus of junior cycle Engineering is goal-oriented
problem solving for the manufacture of products, with emphasis on efficiency, accuracy, precision
and a high- quality finish. This project-based approach to junior cycle Engineering requires students
to develop a knowledge of materials and processes, and to demonstrate a capacity to select
appropriate materials and processes for given applications.
Engineering offers students a lens through which to view the role and impact of engineering within
their classroom, community and the world. Through the study of engineering, students will have
the opportunity to behave as engineers, and develop an engineering mindset. The engineering
process is both reflective and systematic. It is reflective in that students continually test their design
and modify it based on what they have learned. It is systematic in that students undertake several
characteristic steps in reaching a solution. Students identify problems, integrate ideas for how to
solve identified problems, and try to improve the design or devise a better one.

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