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|Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work. They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.
Education is very important. It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.
The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.
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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.
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Invents new training equipment, better ways to measure performance and even fabrication of performance clothing.
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Sports engineering is concerned with the research and development of technologies for the sports industry.
The Sports engineer combines technology with the mechanics and equipment used in sports. Projects for sports engineers could involve such projects as:
Engineers research different technologies and methods that improve the performance of products such as tennis balls, rackets, footwear and sportswear.
A sports engineer might observe how the seams and grooves of a soccer ball impact aerodynamics during movement. Engineers also work with athletes directly to assess how their oxygen intake, nutrition and workout regimen affect their performance.
Employers in this field also look for students and professionals who have played sports as athletes and are knowledgeable about the game.
Sports technology jobs typically fall under the umbrella of Mechanical Engineering. It is therefore a common course of entry to study in this area.
Traditional engineering programs may use sports as examples, while some courses may be more focused on product development and design.
It is becoming increasingly common for students to specialise in areas such as Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Medical Physics, Sports Technology and Mathematics.
|Organisation:||Irish Sports Council|
|Address:||Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15|
|Organisation:||Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport|
|Address:||Head Office, 44 Kildare St, Dublin 2|
|Tel:||LoCall 0761 001 601 (+ 353 1 670 7444 outside Ireland)|
|Address:||22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4|
|Tel:||(01) 665 1300|
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