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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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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DT004
Civil 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.

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3 Years
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This programme presents applicants with an opportunity to develop their mathematical and analytical skills to solve many of the problems encountered in the broader civil engineering industry.

Civil Engineering is an ideal choice for aspiring graduates looking for a high-tech career that offers opportunities to work both indoors and outdoors. This programme equips graduates with the necessary skills to work as civil engineering technologists, carrying out much of the detailed analytical and design specifications on a building project. An interest in problem solving, computation and mathematics is important. Each year of the programme is delivered over two semesters with examinations at the end of each semester.

At the end of Year 2 students are offered a choice of entering options in Civil/Environmental or Structural Engineering in Year 3.


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DT004 - Civil 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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Old Code New Code Award Title
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M17814  Computer Systems & Networks
CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology
CMTXX  5M2145  Motor Technology
CCONT  5M5010  Construction Technology
CCTXX    Control Technology
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CITXX    Information Technology

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Civil Engineering graduates can expect excellent employment prospects with recognised career path opportunities in consulting engineering design offices, contracting, materials supply and as building site managers. Some graduates can expect to be in private practice or working on behalf of national and local authorities. Graduates can expect a varied and challenging career with good salaries, secure employment and good promotion opportunities.

Some graduates will expect to continue their studies onto Level 8 programmes either within DIT or elsewhere.

Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to third year will receive a Higher Certificate award.



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