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Army Engineer Cadet

Army Engineer Cadet

The Corps of Engineers was established on 1 October 1924, to provide engineer support to the Irish Defence Forces, both in Ireland and on overseas operations. The mission of the Corps of Engineers is to provide combat engineer support as part of the Infantry Brigade, to defend against armed aggression, to provide Engineer support in Aid to the Civil Power with emphasis on specialist search, to provide Engineer support in Aid to the Civil Authorities on the occasion of natural or other disasters, to provide Engineer support in European Union and United Nations missions and to maintain and upgrade Army, Air Corps and Naval Service assets, such as buildings, lands and ranges.

The Engineer Cadet

Engineer Cadets undergo the same course of training as Army Cadets outlined above. On successful completion of an Engineer Cadetship, the Cadet will be eligible, in accordance with Paragraph 24, for appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of Lieutenant, on Rate 2 pay, in the Corps of Engineers.

On appointment to the Corps of Engineers, an Engineer Officer will be expected to successfully complete a Military Engineer Young Officers Course of approximately 12-15 months duration. Graduates of this course will be awarded an MSc in Military Engineering Management (Level 9 of the National Framework of Qualifications) which is accredited by Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Any Engineer Officer that fails to complete the Engineer Young Officer Course will be posted to a Line Officer Appointment, outside of the Corps of Engineers and will revert to Rate 1 pay, on the recommendation of Deputy Chief of Staff Support.

Qualifications - Army (Engineer Corps)

Candidates must possess a minimum of: Grade C3 in Mathematics in a Higher Level paper


Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  • Irish or English.
  • Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.


Candidates must have successfully completed:

A Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications in either Engineering, Architecture, or other Building Construction related discipline, accredited by Engineers Ireland or other relevant professional body,


A professional qualification equivalent to one of the foregoing awarded by the relevant professional body,


Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 together with a Level 9 qualification in a Construction Engineering, Building Services Technology, Environmental Science or Fire related discipline, GIS, Building Heritage Conservation or Energy Management.