Subject Overview

Engineering promotes an educational understanding of the materials and a knowledge of the processes associated with mechanical engineering. This is achieved through the development of skills and initiative in the planning, development and realization of technological projects in a safe manner.


Workshop Processes
  • Health and safety
  • Benchwork
  • Heat treatment of metals
  • Plastics processing
  • Fabrication and finishing of metals
  • Machining
  • Technology
Materials and Technology
  • Health and safety
  • Classification and origin of metals
  • Structure of metals
  • Iron and steel
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Heat treatment of metals
  • Corrosion of metals
  • Materials testing
  • Plastics
  • Joining of materials
  • Machining
  • Metrology
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Technology


Engineering is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper, a student project and a practical examination.


A revised syllabus, Engineering Technology, has been prepared. Implementation of revised syllabuses in the four technology subjects at Leaving Certificate will commence on a phased basis from September 2007.