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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Manufacturing Engineer
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Manufacturing Engineer

A Manufacturing Engineer facilitates efficient operations within the production area, to optimise existing processes, implement new processes and to ensure that production goals are met. 

This is an NFQ Level 7 apprenticeship - Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing (Apprenticeship). It is anticipated that 40 places will be available each year.

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, received approval in July 2015 for the development of a new Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship now has a start date of June 2017.


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The Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship is a 3-year programme for a QQI Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing (Apprenticeship) qualification awarded by the HEA.

Apprentice training will include on-site and off-site phases each year. 

Phase Block Release

15 week block per year in one of the participating Institutes of Technology.

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An interest in working and learning in the MedTech and Engineering Sector is the basic requirement.


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A Manufacturing Engineer facilitates efficient operations within the production area, to optimise existing processes, implement new processes and to ensure that production goals are met.

  • Monitors performance of equipment, machines and tools and corrects equipment problems or process parameters that produce nonconforming products, low yields or product quality issues, all within a highly regulated and complex manufacturing environment.
  • Analyses and solves problems from basic engineering principles, theories and initiates technical activities leading to new or improved products or process to meet strategic goals and objectives of the company.
  • Applies project management methodologies and Kaizen improvement philosophy to manage production/product design and process and systems improvement respectively.


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  • The employer pays the apprentices salary for both on and off the job phases. The salary rate set by the individual company.
  • The college training element  is Government funded.
  • Annual apprentice registration fee of €1,500 will apply.

Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.


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The Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship is open to School leavers, production operators and technicians who want to train or retrain in the manufacturing sector and progress along the NFQ to level 7 with any one of the 450+ Medtech companies currently established in Ireland.

Educational Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Grade 06 at ordinary level in 5 subjects, two of which must be Maths and a language (English or Irish).

 


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The Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship now has a commencement date of June 2017.

It is anticipated that both individual companies in the MedTech sector and the consortium will advertise through their websites.


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There are many opportunities across the Medical Devices sector  in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Engineers.

IMDA Director Sinead Keogh said: “Employment in manufacturing will be 6,000 higher this year compared to last. But, skill shortages are emerging and need to be urgently addressed. These new apprenticeships will give people new job opportunities and help drive regional growth. Manufacturing is an integral part of the Irish economy and is the second largest employer with 4,000 businesses, both home-grown and international, employing nearly 160,000 people. ”


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