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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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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The overall aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to safely utilise a range of techniques and processes to solve engineering related challenges, to work independently and under supervision in a range of applied engineering contexts and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

What will you Study?

Communications 5N0690
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
Mathematics 5N1833
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Physics 5N1460
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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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  
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Glassmaker   Toolmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Ergonomist  
Textile Machinery Technician   Carton maker  
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Welder   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Army Apprentice   Sheet Metal Worker/Plater  
Industrial Insulator   Engineer - Chemical  
Colour Technologist   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Computer Assembly Technician  
Engineer - Electrical Control   Engineer - Mechatronics  
Engineer - Photonics   Engineer - Electrical  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Automation  
Engineer - Telecommunications   Auto Electrician  
Engineer - Automotive   Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson  
Electronics Service Engineer   Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson  
Engineering Technician - Electronics   Telecommunications Technician  
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Technical Service Agent   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Engineer - Design & Development   Office Equipment Service Technician  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Engineer - Sports  
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Materials Scientist / Technologist   Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace  
Process Development Scientist   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Patternmaker  
Manufacturing Technician   Engineering Craft Machinist  
Horologist   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Polymer Technician   Machinist - Manufacturing  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Engineer - Yield Analysis  
Blacksmith   Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Engineer - Nuclear  
Aircraft Mechanic   Air Corps Apprentice  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Engineer - Mining / Geological  
Engineer - Polymer   Engineer - Quality  

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
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

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source: QQI