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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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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2145
QQI Award Code 5M2145 Motor Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year full time course at Post Leaving Certificate level is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the motor industry and related fields. Its aim is to provide students with a thorough grounding in Motor Vehicle Maintenance practices.

What will you Study?

This one year full time course at Post Leaving Certificate level is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the motor industry and related fields. Its aim is to provide students with a thorough grounding in Motor Vehicle Maintenance practices.

Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144
Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143
Auto-electricity
Maths
Safety and Health
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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
CMTXX 5M2145

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Further Research

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Engineering Technology St. Kevin's College Crumlin 
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Motor Technology Kylemore College 
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Engineering Technology Deansrath Community College 

Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Agricultural Mechanic   Ceramics Technologist  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Upholsterer  
Toolmaker   Printer  
Metal Engraver   Ergonomist  
Textile Machinery Technician   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Glassmaker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Acoustic Consultant   Industrial Insulator  
Welder   Radiographer - Industrial   
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Colour Technologist   Chemical Engineer  
Materials Technician   Metallurgist  
Computer Assembly Technician   Mechatronic Engineer  
Automation Engineer   Electrical Power Plant Operator  
Automotive Engineer   Technical Service Agent  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Electronic Equipment Assembler  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Sports Engineer  
Naval Architect   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Process Development Scientist   Mechanical Engineer  
Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer   Horologist  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Mechanic / Automotive Technician   Patternmaker  
Locksmith   Spray Painter  
Polymer Technician   Colour Technician - Textiles  
Manufacturing Technician   Army Apprentice  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Roustabout - Roughneck  
Blacksmith   Manufacturing Engineer  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Yield Analysis Engineer  
Foundry Worker   Engineering Machine Operator  
Nuclear Engineer   Aircraft Mechanic  
Air Corps Apprentice   Naval Service Cadet - Engineering  
Mining / Geological Engineer   Polymer Engineer  
Quality Engineer    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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