Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


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80 new jobs for Dublin and Shannon with CAE Parc Aviation

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80 new jobs for Dublin and Shannon with CAE Parc Aviation

Monday, May 08, 2017 

80 new jobs for Dublin and Shannon with CAE Parc Aviation

CAE Parc Aviation has announced the creation of 80 new jobs for Dublin and Shannon.

The Irish aviation staffing and technical services company has its headquarters in Dublin, with offices in Shannon, Beijing Dallas, Singapore and Tokyo. Employing 100 staff, it operates in 30 regions providing specialised recruitment services to aviation companies.

The new job roles are for recruitment consultants to service the pilot recruitment needs of global airlines and aviation engineers to work with the aircraft leasing industry to help with fleet management.

The jobs at Shannon will largely be on the aviation engineering side, with some in Dublin, whilst recruitment roles will be mainly Dublin-based, with some in Shannon.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with CAE Parc Aviation are available here.

Speaking about the expansion, and referencing the increasing shortage of pilots that most airlines are starting to feel, Frank Collins, Managing Diector of CAE Parc Aviation said the jobs will come on stream over the next three years, with 30 of the positions to be available this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Julie Sinnamon Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland said "Over the next 20 years, the aviation industry will need to supply more than one million new aviation personnel. The total civil aerospace expenditure is estimated to be worth $5.6tn by 2032 and the world’s airlines will need 38,000 new planes to cater for this demand - as well as the crews to operate them."

The CareersPortal Team