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Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Machinist - Manufacturing

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Education
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€19k > 50
Heavy Machinery Staff
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€19 - 50
Related Information:
Heavy Machine Operator: 19 - 50
Machinery Maintenance Mechanic: 25 - 45
Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Operates, sets-up or repairs a variety of machine tools used in the production of precision parts and instruments. 


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Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.

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Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.

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Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.

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Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.

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Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.

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Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.

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Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.

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Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.

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Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.

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Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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