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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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

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Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

Monday, July 17, 2017 

Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

The Irish Air Corps is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician scheme. We are looking for motivated people who enjoy working as part of a Team. Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet and will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology Level 7 (Tech), accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

The closing date for this competition 23.59Hrs on August 10th, 2017.


Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 23 years of age on the closing date for applications for this competition which is 10th August 2017. 


Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps. At the time of entry into the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics and English or Irish and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies. Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

Always read the full entry requirement details before completing your application.

A successful candidate must have attained the CAO points requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering Tec (Ord) Aviation Technology Degree i.e.  DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). In 2016, CAO points were 340.

For full details and application click here.

The CareersPortal Team