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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


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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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Geographic 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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
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This programme is where Geography meets mathematics and science! Another name for Geographic Science is Geomatics. Learn how to produce maps and measure all sorts of objects and features on the land.

Geographic Science involves three fields of activity - Spatial Data Provision – measuring the land, Spatial Information Management and Land Management.

Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial airborne and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precise data which is then processed to create digital maps and 3D models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. We collect and apply these data on construction sites, on the land, offshore and underground to meet the needs of a range of users.

Spatial Information Management takes the collected data and generates optimised geographical information for a wide range of applications. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and delivery of the results and products to the client.

Land Management deals with the four main national Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Ownership of Property, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.

DT112 - The Department of Spatial Information Sciences (DSIS) @ Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Bolton Street, Dublin 1 is the only college in Ireland where you can study Geomatics. This video explains what Geomatics encompasses - the skills and competencies you will learn and the interesting career path that potentialy awaits you once you have qualified. Visit the DSIS at for more information
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DT112 - Geographic Science
Dublin IT - DIT

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DT112 - Geographic Science
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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
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CCONT  5M5010  Construction Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5 qualification which must include 4 of the following:

A20012 - Computer Aided Draughting (2D)">A20012 or 5N1604 - Computer Aided Draughting (2D)

B20012 - Database Methods
or 5N0783 - Database Methods

B20028 - Spreadsheet Methods
or 5N1977 - Spreadsheet Methods

B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics

B20145 - Information & Communication Systems
or 5N1952 - Information and Communication Systems

C20008 - Building Construction
or 5N1570 - Building Construction

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills

C20037 - Materials Science
or 5N1637 - Materials Science

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering

Note: Information for 2017 Entry

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Careers offers a combination of both outdoor and laboratory work. The career has many specialised fields of activity including land surveying, cartography, engineering and mine surveying, the use of satellites for positioning, and the production of computerised maps.

Employment of graduates is very high at home and abroad.

Professional Recognition: The BSc (Hons) degree is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Graduates can become Chartered Surveyors or professional members.

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