Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture and Wood Technology
NFQ Level: 8
Programme Duration: Four years
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply through the CAO
CAO Round 1 Points: 265 (2016)
If you are interested in an exciting career combining wood, engineering principles and the most advanced manufacturing technology, then this course is for you. In the first two years of the programme students spend a considerable amount of time in the workshop learning to produce varied and challenging projects to a very high standard, guided by experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. Initially focusing on hand and power tools, soon students acquire skills to operate CNC technology, laser equipment, digital manufacturing and even robotics. The course also focuses on professional skills required to work at a higher level in an organisation and students learn the relevance of operations management and lean manufacturing in the furniture industry, developing an appreciation of cost management, estimating and CAD engineering. Lectures and laboratories support the workshop-based activity.
The main subject in year one is Projects, where students learn furniture making techniques and how to use wood and other materials to design and make furniture projects of very high quality. Other subjects include Design Process, Furniture History, Technical Graphics, applied Mathematics and Materials and Construction. A common first year module called Learning and Innovation Skills helps students understand the nature of learning at third level. Industry study trip are also undertaken.
In year two there is a focus on engineering wood using industrial machinery and advanced manufacturing technology. CAD and digital manufacturing are introduced. Projects get a little more complex and students gain an understanding of planning, costing and managing the production of furniture projects. Students are introduced to the business environment and begin to research companies for their Work Placement in Year 3. Other subjects studied in year 2 are CAD/CAM, sustainable Materials, Manufacturing Organisation and Manufacturing Technology.
A 20-week block of work placement is undertaken in third year in Ireland or overseas. With support from their lecturers, students obtain valuable and relevant work experience in leading companies involved in exciting and creative projects. The college has contacts with companies involved in super-yacht fit outs, commercial interiors, custom made kitchens and bespoke furniture projects. In preparation for work placement, students learn how to create a professional profile, prepare for interviews and build up an ePortfolio. Other subjects include Operations Management, Automation and Applied Science and Testing.
In Year 4 students select an area of interest to them for their Major Project which has a practical (project) as well as an academic output (report). Students develop their ability to research and learn professional skills such as Project Management and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, students study Building Information Modelling, LEAN Operations and CAD/CAM. An international study trip is usually undertaken also.
Graduates are highly sought after and are employed in a variety of wood products and furniture manufacturing companies in Ireland and overseas. Graduates are employed in various positions with duties including product engineering, project management, estimating, CAD/CAM, operations management and process engineering. Graduates work at senior technical or management positions or sometimes go on to establish their own businesses.
GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for entry to postgraduate programmes. This includes Level 9 Master of Science research programmes.
- First year students must purchase tool, safety and design kits upon registering for this programme, which are sourced and specified by GMIT.
- It is desirable that applicants have studied Art or Design and Communication Graphics to Leaving Certificate level.
- A Level 6 Higher Certificate is embedded in this programme and students may wish to exit with this award after completing years one and two.
- Students do not need to have studied Construction Studies at Leaving Certificate level to apply for this course.
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