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I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.

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Electronic Engineering

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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.

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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.

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4 Years
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The TA221 Programme offers two choices for the student. The Programmes share the initial Semesters and the preferred choice can be selected in Semester 4:
The BEng (Hons) Degree in Electronic Engineering is a strong technically focused programme and is targeted at producing graduate design engineers specialising in defining system architecture and electronic system design and solving engineering problems.
The BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering Software prepares the student to practice as a Software Engineer. The graduate will understand both hardware and software systems and be able to apply fundamental software engineering principles to construct complex hardware and software systems.

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Electronic engineering is more concerned with light current systems, where electricity is used as a carrier of information, such as computers, televisions, CD player.

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TA221 - Electronic Engineering
IT Tallaght

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TA221 - Electronic 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:
Three Distinctions. One of which must be C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics"
or 6N3395 - Mathematics"
(or OC1 in LCE Maths).

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Most Electronic Engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants. Others may spend time outdoors at telecommunication sites and production sites, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems. Some engineers travel extensively to plants or worksites. Supervisory engineers are responsible for major components of a design project or entire design projects. 

An Honours Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering is required for almost all entry level electronic design engineering jobs. However, an electronic engineer trained in one branch of electronics may easily work in related branches. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields that more closely match their interests. Engineers design products and design systems that ensure the quality of the products and the efficiency of the workforce and manufacturing process. 

Engineers develop new materials that both improve the performance of products and take advantage of advances in technology. They analyse the impact of the systems they design on the environment and on people using them. Engineering knowledge is applied to improving many things, including the quality of telecommunications systems, the quality of healthcare, and the operation of computer networks. In addition to design and development, many engineers work in testing, production, or maintenance. These engineers supervise production in factories, determine the causes of breakdowns, and test manufactured products to maintain quality. 

Increasing employment of engineers in high skill design and service industries will continue employment growth. Competitive pressures and advancing technology will ensure companies must continually improve and update product designs and optimise their manufacturing processes. Employers will rely on engineers to increase productivity and expand output of goods and services. 

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