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 Fergus O'Connell from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

Read more

Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
Close

Investigative?
Investigative
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Course Details

logo imagelogo image
<
Back to CourseFinder

CR071
Mechanical Engineering

Ed Zone

Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

Career Opportunities
3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
Duration of course
Druation goes here.....
280

2017 Points

280

Change
-20
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

Summary... header image

Mechanical Engineers play a crucial role in a wide range of industries, among them air, rail, sea and road. They are involved in high precision processes such as the design and manufacture of prosthetic devices and robotic mechanisms.

This course has a strong emphasis on the practical side of mechanical engineering, exposing the student to many “hands on” modules in workshops and laboratories. Modules on the course are grouped into streams that run over the three years: Workshop Practice, Mechatronics, Mechanical Design and Computer Aided Engineering, Mechanics, Thermofluids, Materials, Management, Projects, Mathematics and Elective Options. Graduates are prepared to progress to further study or to take up challenging and varied careers in industry.

Mechanical Engineering
Course Details header image

From College Website...
Go...
CR071 - Mechanical Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology

From Qualifax...
Go...
CR071 - Mechanical Engineering
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.


Entry Requirementsheader image


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.

If you believe the data above to be incorrect, please let us know at info@careersportal.ie - thank you.


QQI FET/FETAC Links header image

This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the listings page.

 

View Courses (Filtered by Career Sector)

 

Essential Module Requirements:
C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or LCE Maths

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE

Career Progression header image

Employment opportunities are in the high-tech manufacturing industries at technician engineer level dealing with design, production, manufacturing, quality, estimating, planning and the operation and maintenance of high-tech automated manufacturing equipment. Other opportunities are in technical and sales support with contracting, consulting engineers, and servicing companies.



Related Coursesheader image

The following course suggestions also prepare for work in this Career Sector, and may suit people with similar Career Interests. They are from colleges in the same region, and might also be worth exploring. You can sort the list by Title or College by clicking on the column headings. You can Tag any of these courses from within the individual course pages.

Course Title College
Agricultural Mechanisation IT Tralee 
Agricultural Mechanisation (Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry) Limerick IT - LIT 
Agricultural Engineering IT Tralee 
Agricultural Engineering IT Tralee 
Chemical & Biopharmacutical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Aeronautical Engineering University of Limerick - UL 
Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering IT Tralee 
Engineering (Common Entry) Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Engineering (Common Entry) University of Limerick - UL 
Engineering University College Cork - UCC 
Industrial Automation and Robotic Systems Limerick IT - LIT 
Mechanical Engineering Limerick IT - LIT 
Manufacturing Engineering Waterford IT - WIT 
Mechanical Engineering Waterford IT - WIT 
Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering University of Limerick - UL 
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Waterford IT - WIT 
Manufacturing Engineering IT Tralee 
Engineering Waterford IT - WIT 
Precision Engineering Limerick IT - LIT 
Industrial Automation & Robotic Systems Limerick IT - LIT 
Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Mechanical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Mechanical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Automobile Technology Limerick IT - LIT 
Mechanical Engineering Limerick IT - LIT 
Product Design and Technology University of Limerick - UL 
Mechanical Engineering Waterford IT - WIT 
Instrument Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Automotive Technology and Management Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Marine Engineering at National Maritime College of Ireland Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Biomedical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 
Biomedical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 


Download our
Leaving Cert
Points Calculator

and Course Search App pointsCalcImage

Download our Points Calculator on the app store
Download CAOCalc+ on the google paly store