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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, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.
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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