Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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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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AL604
Civil 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.

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This higher certificate course aims to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of civil engineering. It will give you a thorough knowledge of the materials involved, and the standards required, in attaining structures of high quality in terms of design specification and construction.

 

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AL604 - Civil Engineering
Athlone IT - AIT

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AL604 - Civil Engineering
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Civil engineering technicians generally find employment with contractors, consultants, road materials suppliers and local authorities. Specifically, you can expect to work in a technical capacity as a surveyor, draughtsperson or laboratory technician involved in testing materials and supporting companies in the civil/construction trade.



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