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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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DN200 NPF
Science

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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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A degree in science is for people who have a fascination with natural phenomena and a desire to find answers to their questions. Scientists have a natural curiosity, an ability to solve problems and a desire to explore new worlds.

The UCD Science DN200 programme offers 26 subjects categorised as follows:

  • Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences (BBB)
  • Chemistry & Chemical Sciences (CCS)
  • Mathematical, Physical & Geological Sciences (MPG)
  • No Preference (NPF)

DN200 is not a “General Science” degree. It is an Honours degree course where students specialise in one of 26 subjects for their final degree. The NPF course is ideal if you’re undecided about which area of Science interests you most. Selecting ‘No Preference’ on your CAO form ensures flexibility to explore the range of science subjects.  –The No Preference option is also ideal if you’re interested in subjects across more than one stream, e.g. Chemistry and Chemical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences.


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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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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
CITXX    Information Technology
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
CELTX    Electronic Technology


Essential Module Requirements:
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in: C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
Mathematics or min O3/H6 LCE Maths and 2 of the following 11 modules:C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology
C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry
C20012 - Computer Architecture & Systems
C20013 - Computer Programming
C20016 - Electronics
or 5N1606 - Electronics
C20018 - Electronics and Digital
or 5N1774 - Electronics - Digital
C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills
C20040 - Mechanics
or 5N1638 - Mechanics
C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics
5N0750 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology
5N0751 - Animal Behaviour

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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There is a wide range of career opportunities available to Science graduates. UCD Science graduates are skilled at analysing data, writing reports and solving problems, and are trained to use their own initiative – all qualities that companies are looking for in employees. These skills can be transferred to businesses ranging from biotechnology, conservation and wildlife to IT, finance and forensics.

Students typically pursue pathways based on their major subjects taken. Many graduates continue their studies to Master’s or Doctoral Degree level.



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