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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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CIT- Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation

CIT- Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation

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Contact details:
Contact Name:
Dr Liam McDonnell
Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue
021 4335595

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What are the different (undergraduate entry) courses run by this Department?

This department provides four undergraduate entry courses. The following inter-related instrumentation courses are offered:

  • BSc in Applied Physics & Instrumentation (CR001) View video
  • BSc Honours in Applied Physics & Instrumentation (one year full-time add-on to CR001) View video
  • BSc Honours in Instrument Engineering (CR360) Except for three maths modules, CR001 is common with the first three years of CR360. CR001 graduates require a final year average mark of at least 50% in order to qualify for progression to honours degree level. Those wishing to specialise in Applied Physics at honours degree level progress to the one year full-time BSc Honours in Applied Physics & Instrumentation whilst those wishing to specialise in Instrument Engineering progress to the final year of CR360. View video
  • In September 2010, we launched a new undergraduate course: BSc Honours in Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology (CR365) This unique course blends the physical sciences with green technology and green management and aims to satisfy the needs of industry for “well rounded graduates with an understanding of key environmental issues and the ability to innovate new technology solutions to help alleviate same”. View video

What facilities does the Department have to support these courses?

We have seven laboratories, including an open-access computer laboratory, that are equipped to a very high standard and used to support the many laboratory based modules that the department delivers. All our laboratories and lecture rooms are equipped with data projectors and are fully networked.

What connections does the department have with Industry?

The department has very strong links to industry through placement in year 3 and through projects in year 4. In addition to providing full-time educational programmes, we provide evening programmes at all undergraduate levels to enable industry based students to upgrade their qualifications and develop specialisations.

How many students do you accept each year on these courses?

We offer up to 25 places on CR001/CR360 and 25 places on CR365.

What particular attributes are required by students taking these courses?

Students for CR001/CR365 should be interested in how things work, want a hands-on course and have an interest in science, technology or engineering.

Students for CR365 should be interested in the environment and its protection and the opportunity to learn green technologies and green business tools that will enhance sustainability. View video

Where did last years graduates go?

All of last year’s instrumentation graduates are employed or engaged in further study. Many of our instrumentation graduates are employed in Ireland within industry sectors such as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, beverage and waste water.

Other graduates are employed in sectors such as computing, medical devices, hospitals, education, research and development. Many of our internationally based graduates are in the oil & gas and minerals sectors. In addition to direct employment within the above sectors, other graduates work in the systems integration companies and engineering consultancies that support these sectors.

Why should students choose the CIT Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation?

We have an excellent track record of nearly forty years of experience in developing instrumentation education at third level in Ireland. As the premier provider of instrumentation personnel to Irish industry, our education programme in instrumentation now ranges from short courses through the full undergraduate spectrum to post-graduate research at MSc and PhD levels.

Long associated with productivity, safety, quality and economy, our experience and expertise is now being extended into sustainability. We have a long history in research with current strengths in the fields of nanotechnology, astronomy and photonics where advanced techniques, technologies, methodologies and associated instrumentation are developed and applied to provide innovative solutions to a range of challenges.

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CAO Course Details 3
CR001 - Applied Physics and Instrumentation
CR360 - Instrument Engineering
CR365 - Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology