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.

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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AL820
Mechanical and Polymer 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 HETAC 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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
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This honours degree in mechanical and polymer engineering covers in mechanical engineering fundamentals, with emphasis on specific technologies and methodologies associated with polymer engineering. 


AIT - Mechanical and polymer engineering

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This new degree programme addresses skills shortages identified by state agencies and by industry. According to the Irish Medical Device Association and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the requirement for people with engineering, scientific, technician and management skills will continue to rise. The medical device and healthcare sectors are likely to see a move towards greater numbers of engineers, scientists, analysts and technicians.


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AL820 - Mechanical and Polymer Engineering
Athlone IT - AIT

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AL820 - Mechanical and Polymer Engineering
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths
Distinctions in three modules

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Graduates can expect to find employment as Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing/Process Engineers, Project Development Engineers, Quality Assurance Managers.

 



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