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We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

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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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Business & Secretarial Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2102
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Killians Vocational School

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Two options are available: Option 1 is a full-time course from 9.30am to 12:35pm, 5 mornings a week. 8 modules are covered leading to the full QQI Level 5 Award. Option 2 is a part-time, 3 mornings a week from 9:30am to 12:35pm.

In the past, students on completion of the course have taken up employment in areas such as the Western Health Board, VEC offices, solicitors offices and West - Doc. In addition, many find that their interest in a subject increases which leads to further training in this area thus enhanced career opportunities.

What will you Study?

Option 1 (Full time) Modules studied are:
Communications 5N0690
Word Processing 5N1358
Computer Applications
Information Technology Skills
Text Production 5N1422
Work Experience 5N1356
Information and Administration 5N1389
Health and Safety at Work 5N1794
Tourism Awareness

Option 2 (part time) Modules studied are:
Communications 5N0690
Word Processing 5N1358
Computer Applications
Information Technology Skills
Text Production 5N1422
Work Experience 5N1356
Work placement
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSXX 5M2102

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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