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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Heating and Ventilating Fitter

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

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€25k > 60
Heating and Ventilating Fitter
Salary Range
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€25 - 60
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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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At a Glance... header image

Heating and ventilating fitters install, maintain and repair central heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.


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The Work header image

Heating and ventilating fitters install, maintain and repair central heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in industrial and commercial buildings. There are some similarities with plumbers' work but heating and ventilating fitters work on very large-scale equipment.  
 
Installation work is carried out in premises such as office blocks, hospitals, factories and power stations. Heating and ventilating fitters install very large boilers, tanks, refrigeration systems, pipes, and pumps and controls. When they've installed the equipment they must test it and make sure that it is working efficiently and safely.  
 
Their main job is fitting pipe work to carry hot water, other liquids or gas. Fitters use bending machines to shape the larger pipes that can be up to 50 centimetres in diameter. They use flame-cutting equipment to cut them to the correct size. They usually work from drawings showing the planned layout of the whole system. Systems must be tested. Some fitters set up service and maintenance programmes for clients.  
 
Maintenance and repair work includes routine servicing and emergency repairs. In repair work, heating and ventilating fitters must find faults in the systems, replace or repair any damaged parts, carry out tests and make sure that the system works properly.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.

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Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.

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Join pipes or tubing to equipment and to fuel, water, or refrigerant source, to form complete circuit.

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Reassemble and test equipment following repairs.

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Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.

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Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.

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Obtain and maintain required certifications.

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Install, connect, and adjust thermostats, humidistats and timers, using hand tools.

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Comply with all applicable standards, policies, and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.

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Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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

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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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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment: Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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

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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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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


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

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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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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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a heating and ventilating fitter you will need good practical skills and the ability to handle tools. You must work carefully and accurately, following specifications and often interpreting plans and drawings. You must be able to make accurate calculations. You should be mathematically minded and have good numeracy skills for measurement and calculations.  
 
You need to be physically fit. The work involves lifting heavy equipment (although ropes and pulleys are used for the heavier pipes), bending, kneeling and working in cramped and awkward spaces, sometimes under flooring. You must have a head for heights, as you may also need to work on scaffolding. Teamwork is important. You also need to keep up to date with health and safety regulations.  
 
Some systems that are being serviced may be very dusty, which may affect you if you have breathing difficulties.


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