Construction and Engineering Technology


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Construction Technology (5M5010)

Course Aims

This course is suitable for learners who wish to adjust to a changing construction industry by broadening their knowledge base into energy efficient building techniques. Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of green building technology with an emphasis on energy, insulation, conservation and sustainable living. Practical skills such as solar/photovoltaic panel installation, retro fitting of domestic buildings, green building technology, energy upgrades and installation of insulation are completed in order to build up learner'/s skill capacity in this area.  On completion graduates are eligible to progress to construction, architecture and engineering programmes at Third Level or to progress directly into employment.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome
For applicants who do not meet the above
entry requirements, please contact DFEi.

Course Modules

• Thermal Insulation Installation
• Wood Fabrication
• Renewable Energy Systems
• Building Construction
• Architectural Drawing
• Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
• Safety and Health at Work
• Mathematics
• Communications
• Work Experience

Other Certification

Safe Pass Certificate


Special Features

Learners will take part in a number of field trips throughout their course of study to various low energy dwellings to experience first-hand the application of renewable energy technologies. An educational workshop for example in Cloughjordan Eco Village will provide learners with an opportunity to examine how communities are developing sustainable building strategies. 


Specialist Resources include:

• Solar and Photovoltaic Panels
• Water Heat Exchangers
• Exchange Ventilation Unit
• Underfloor Heating System
• Insulation System

Progression Opportunities

DFEI:   Graduates may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design at DFEi

Elsewhere:   Graduates may also be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificates and degree programmes, at both, Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BTech in Timber Product Technology (DT169)
BEngTech in Civil Engineering (DT004)
BSc in Construction Management (DT117)
BEngTech in Building Services Engineering (DT005)
Bachelor of Architecture (DT101)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Construction Building and Services Management (CW417)
Higher Certificate in Science Construction Technology (CW416)
BEng in Civil Engineering (CW478)
Institute of Technology Carlow
BSc in Construction Technology (DK745)
Dundalk Institute of Technology

For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution

Career Paths

Graduates can obtain employment in both the Construction and the Renewable Energy fields completing roles in wind energy, solar power and energy efficiency