|►||Choosing A Career|
|►||The Importance of Knowing Yourself|
|►||Exploring Education Options|
|►||Looking for Work|
|►||Growing your Career|
|►||Where to find Professional Advice|
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 Siobhan Canny from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:
I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).
To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.
|►||Guide to Self Assessment|
|►||Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food|
|►||Animals & Veterinary Science|
|►||Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture|
|►||Building, Construction & Property|
|►||Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|►||Computers & ICT|
|►||Earth Science & Environment|
|►||Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|►||Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing|
|►||Physical & Mathematical
|►||Space Science & Technology|
|►||Accountancy & Taxation|
& Public Relations
|►||Banking, Insurance &
|►||Business Organisation &
|►||Clerical & Administration|
|►||Sales, Retail & Purchasing|
|►||Transport & Logistics|
|►||The Irish Education System|
|►||School & College Education|
|►||Government Upskilling Initiatives|
|►||Guide to Studying Abroad|
|►||Studying in the UK|
|►||Studying in Europe|
|►||Studying in the USA|
|►||Studying in Australia or New Zealand|
|Crumlin College of Further Education|
|Gurteen Agricultural College|
|Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB|
|►||The Changing World of Work|
|►||Career Stories from around Ireland|
|►||Types of Employment|
|►||Changing Career Direction|
|►||Starting Your Own Business|
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.
|Engineer - Automobile|
(thousands per year)*
28 - 65
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.|
Engineering Professionals N.EC.
Also included in this category:
|Part time workers:||0%|
|Aged over 55:||8%|
|Male / Female:||92 / 8%|
|With Third Level:||93%|
Automotive engineering is a branch of vehicle engineering which incorporates mechanical, electrical, electric and safety elements.
Designing and developing a vehicle involves a very wide range of engineering knowledge. For example, automobile engineers use their knowledge of mechanical engineering, combustion, vehicle structures and aerodynamics. They also need knowledge of computers and electronic and electrical systems, which are all becoming increasingly sophisticated in modern vehicles. For example, some cars now have computer-controlled engine systems and digital display dashboards.
Some automobile engineers specialise in design (they may be known as design engineers). The average motor vehicle has around 10,000 individual parts and each must be designed, developed and manufactured. Design engineers need to take into account factors such as the strength, safety, efficiency, appearance and cost of parts. Many design engineers use computer-aided design (CAD) technology in their work, allowing them to create and change designs much more quickly than in the days of drawing boards. After design, they need to turn plans into prototypes. At this stage computer simulation and physical testing are carried out. Once the design has been approved the engineer plans and monitors the product process. If the design is not approved the engineer must go back to the 'drawing board' to alter the design.
Other automobile engineers specialise in research and development, (they may be known as research engineers). They must take into account factors such as cost, the safety and comfort of the driver including crash and safety testing (this is an aspect of ergonomics), fuel efficiency and environmental issues.
Research engineers work on both new and existing products. For example, they create new technologies such as electric batteries and bio-diesel engines. A lot of their work takes place in laboratories and workshops, although they may also work out in the open.
Automobile engineers also need to be commercially aware. They may work with manufacturers to plan full-scale production once all the testing has been completed. They are also involved in overseeing quality control.
The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation
|Conduct or direct system-level automotive testing.|
|Design control systems or algorithms for purposes such as automotive energy management, emissions management, or increased operational safety or performance.|
|Design or analyze automobile systems in areas such as aerodynamics, alternate fuels, ergonomics, hybrid power, brakes, transmissions, steering, calibration, safety, or diagnostics.|
|Alter or modify designs to obtain specified functional or operational performance.|
|Build models for algorithm or control feature verification testing.|
|Calibrate vehicle systems, including control algorithms or other software systems.|
|Conduct automotive design reviews.|
|Develop calibration methodologies, test methodologies, or tools.|
|Develop engineering specifications or cost estimates for automotive design concepts.|
|Develop or integrate control feature requirements.|
Automobile engineers need knowledge of many different aspects of engineering, including mechanical engineering, combustion, aerodynamics, electrical and electronic systems and fuel technology.
You will need the ability to think in an orderly and logical way, as well as having imagination and a curious mind. Automobile engineers often work to deadlines, so you must be able to work under pressure.
Excellent communication skills are needed to work in a team with, for example, design engineers, research engineers, engineering technicians and manufacturers. Advanced computer skills are needed in this career, for example, to use computer-aided design technology or to work on sophisticated computer equipment in modern vehicles.
You need to have good analytical and problem solving skills. You must be able to prioritise and plan effectively. You also need to keep up to date with new development and regulations.
A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:
Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site
|Motorsport Engineer - from: N.C.S. [UK]|
|Design & Development Engineer|
|Domestic Appliance Service Technician|
|Electronic Equipment Assembler|
|Engineering Technician - Electrical|
|Fitter - Plant Machinery|
|Technical Service Agent|
|Electrical Power Plant Operator|
|Aerial & Satellite Installers|
|Light Industry Assembler|
|Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson|
|Electronic Service Engineer|
|Engineering Technician - Electronics|
|Office Equipment Service Technician|
|Organisation:||Society of the Irish Motor Industry|
|Address:||5 Upper Pembroke St, Dublin 2|
|Tel:||(01) 676 1690|
|Address:||Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2|
|Tel:||(01) 676 1820|
|Address:||LIA House, 183 Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12|
|Tel:||01 - 709 9850|
|Organisation:||Insurance Institute of Ireland|
|Address:||Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2|
|Tel:||(01) 677 2582|
|Neil Murrey - Design Engineer|
|Dr James Carton - Technology Director|
|Michael Keogh - Aircraft Engineer|
|This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests... |
...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:
|Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing|
|Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database