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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:
If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.
Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.
As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.
You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.
You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.
Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.
With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.
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The Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship is a 2-year programme resulting in a QQI Level 6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Manufacturing 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.
Progression: Level 7 Manufacturing Engineer (3-year programme)
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An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering Sector.
Working as a team member to provide a technical service to produce product per organisational needs in line with all safety, regulatory and organiational requirements, the work of a Manufacturing Technician includes:
The Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship is open to School leavers, production operators and technicians who want to train or retrain in the manufacturing sector and progress along NFQ to levels 6 and 7 with any one of the 450+ Medtech companies currently established in Ireland.
The Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship has a commencement date of June 2017.
It is anticipated that both individual companies and the consortium will advertise through their websites.
There are opportunities across the Medical Devices sector in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Technicians.
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. ”