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Try gain experience in some area of construction if possible to see if it’s for you. If you’re interested in a 9-5 job this is not for you!

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WD011
Mechanical Engineering

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
Duration of course
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198

2017 Points

198

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The Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is a two year full-time course. Course graduates are trained in many engineering disciplines including Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering DrawingThe Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is a two year full-time course. Course graduates are trained in many engineering disciplines including Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, CAD, Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Automotive Technology., CAD, Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Automotive Technology.

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WD011 - Mechanical Engineering
Waterford IT

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WD011 - Mechanical Engineering
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Graduates in the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering have found employment in such areas as:

  • Plant operation and maintenance

  • CAD/ Drawing Office

  • CNC Programmer

  • Manufacturing Engineering Support

  • Assistant Design Engineer

  • Technical Sales Person



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