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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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GA980
Education (Design Graphics and Construction) (Letterfrack)

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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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In first and second year there is a strong focus on construction studies skills with students undertaking a range of design-led projects using a range of interesting hardwoods and other materials. Equally, drawing skills, design process and CAD all incorporated into the programme at an early stage.

School Placements each year provide students with real-life experience of the classroom and an understanding of the role of the teacher in a structured and supportive way. Lesson plans, critical reflections and classroom management techniques are developed and students prepare their ePortfolio as they progress through the programme. In years three and four students undertake extended School Placement blocks supported by GMIT lecturers and staff in the school.


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Graduates are qualified to teach Construction Studies and Design & Communication Graphics to Leaving Certificate honours standard and to teach Materials Technology (Wood) and Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate honours standard in all Irish second-level schools.

Graduates also choose to teach overseas and this qualification is recognised in many countries worldwide. The balance of technical skills, subject knowledge, professional studies and pedagogy ensure that make graduates are equipped to become excellent teachers.



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