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OEM Engineering Traineeship

The traineeship is run in conjunction with Monaghan Institute

OEM Engineering Traineeship

Combilift has partnered with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) at Monaghan Institute to establish and deliver the OEM Engineering Traineeship, a one year course aimed at developing the skilled personnel the company needs to support its future growth. 

Previously 100% of the students who completed this course secured employment with Combilift and with plans afoot to double productivity in the next five years, it is expected that this trend will continue.

“You are taught the theory through the practical demonstrations and then you get the real experience of working in the factory. The bonus is that we got a job offer from Combilift on the day we received our results.” – Aidan Campbell, OEM Traineeship graduate

Hands on Learning

Comprising 27 weeks of theoretical learning within Monaghan Institute and 11 weeks of practical work experience at Combilift, the OEM Engineering Traineeship is internationally recognised, with certification from City & Guilds and QQI at Level 5 Engineering. It offers a solid grounding in all of the key skills required for a career in engineering, namely machining, fitting, control systems, auto electrics, CAD and hydraulics.

The course is fully funded by the European Support Fund so there are no course fees and students may be eligible for a bursary from Combilift or the DSP. Combilift also provides a toolkit for each trainee. Applications are now open for the 2018/19 intake.

What will you Study 

The course gives a comprehensive grounding in all the essential skills and technologies routinely employed at Combilift and indeed any engineering facility.  These include Control Systems, Hydraulics, Computer Aided Design (2D), Safety & Health at Work, Auto Electricity, Electronics, Engineering Drawing, Team Working, Work Practice & LEAN Engineering Workshop Processes, Engineering Workshop Theory and Word Processing.


There are no fees for this course. If you are in receipt of Department of Social Welfare payments you may be able to continue to receive these and should check this with your DSP officer. You will be entitled to a travel or accommodation allowance, a meal allowance and access to the CETS Childcare scheme. 

For those not in receipt of a DSP payment, a bursary may be payable. This is at the discretion of the employer and is subject to satisfactory conduct and attendance.

What can you do next? 

On successful completion of the course, students may apply for employment in Combilift Ltd or for an Apprenticeship. They may also use the results from this course instead of Leaving Certificate results to apply through the CAO for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities. Further information is available from the Career Guidance Counsellor in Monaghan Institute.

Download Traineeship application form here

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