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Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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Engineering Technician (OEM)
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Engineering Technician (OEM)

This new apprenticeship programme has reached development stage as of May 2017.

Proposer /Provider: OEM Sector / Monaghan Institute

This is a 4-year NFQ Level 6 Apprenticeship for the Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) sector.

The OEM Sector manufactures modern equipment containing a range of complex electrical, battery, electro-mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic technology.

The OEM Engineering Technician is tasked with manufacturing, assembly, testing, servicing and maintaining a range of original, engineered plant and equipment, to include unique & bespoke solutions to customers needs. 

This apprenticeship programme is not yet fully approved. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information correct - May 2017.

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At the end of the Apprenticeship, the OEM Engineering Technician will be able to demonstrate competence in the following:

Core Skills

  • Equipment assembly using testing procedures, interpretation of technical drawings, schematics, data and relevant OEM standards in a manufacturing environment
  • Installation, use, testing and troubleshooting of hydraulic, electro mechanical, pneumatic, electrical wiring and automated control systems in a manufacturing environment
Specialist Skills
  • Fault diagnosis and rectification within OEM products across engine driven systems, electrical wiring systems, battery powered systems, hydraulics systems, pneumatic systems and control systems
  • Installation, use, testing and troubleshooting of robotics systems, battery powered systems, diesel and gas engines
  • Manufacture, installation and commissioning of OEM products
  • Customer service and support around the correct use and maintenance of OEM products
Common Skills

  • Health and safety procedures, including the selection, safe use of and storage of craft-related tools, plant, equipment, components and materials
  • Engineering workshop techniques and practice
  • Fitting and torqing of various fasteners, e.g nuts, bolts, hydraulic fittings, electrical connections etc.
  • Manufacturing efficiency (LEAN) principles to the OEM workplace
  • Mathematical calculations/principles during installation, use, testing and fault diagnosis associated with OEM products
  • Use of common computer applications

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Personal Skills

  • Communications
  • Customer service and support
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management/planning
  • Information gathering Report writing

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While common engineering skills will be developed over the duration of the programme, the OEM Engineering technician, uniquely, will cultivate the skills necessary to assemble, install, test, commission and electronically control engine-driven (diesel and gas) and battery powered systems.

The OEM Engineering Technician will have the necessary skills to analyse these systems together with electrical wiring systems, hydraulics systems, pneumatic systems and robotics systems to identify specific faults encountered in OEM products. OEM Engineering Technicians will possess the expertise to provide support to customers around the use and maintenance of the products they manufacture.

The OEM Engineering Technician will be required to interpret technical data and use calibration, torquing, and testing instruments for effective product assembly, fault diagnosis and rectification. They will also be responsible for the installation and calibration of sensors and transmitting and controlling devices.

The OEM Engineering Technician will be a key member of cross functional teams such as research and development, assembly, manufacturing, testing, customer support, service & installation, product management and marketing/sales.

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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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More information coming soon ...

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The Irish OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Sector manufacture a range of modern equipment, which is sold globally for use in the agricultural, transportation, materials handling, quarry and construction equipment industries. OEM Engineering Technicians will work in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Mechatronic industries.

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The Irish OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Sector manufacture a range of modern equipment, which is sold globally for use in the agricultural, transportation, materials handling, quarry and construction equipment industries. OEM Engineering Technicians will work in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Mechatronic industries.

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