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Engineering - Preliminary

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Engineering, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education. Students who pass all modules including course practical work (the pass mark in each subject is 50%) will be eligible to enter a number of Level 7 degree courses in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

The Preliminary Engineering course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Engineering, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education. The duration of the course is one year, and in addition to a FETAC Level 5 qualification (5M2061), successful students will be eligible to enter a variety of Level 7 and 8 Engineering courses in DIT.

What will you Study?

Work Experience (5N1356)
Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Engineering Workshop Processes (5N1608)
Teamworking (5N1367)
Computer Aided Draughting (2D) (5N1604)
Building Construction (5N1570)
Electronics (5N1606)

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.

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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.
Brewer   Agricultural Mechanic  
Agricultural Engineer   Ceramics Technologist  
Metal Engraver   Glassmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Upholsterer   Printer  
Textile Machinery Technician   Ergonomist  
Toolmaker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Acoustic Consultant   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Welder  
Radiographer - Industrial    Industrial Insulator  
Chemical Engineer   Colour Technologist  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Computer Assembly Technician   Automation Engineer  
Telecommunications Engineer   Mechatronic Engineer  
Photonics Engineer   Electrical Engineer  
Electronic Engineer   Electrical Control Engineer  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Engineering Technician - Electronics  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Automotive Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Electronic Service Engineer  
Telecommunications Technician   Auto Electrician  
Technical Service Agent   Engineering Technician - Electrical   
Electronic Equipment Assembler   Electrical Power Plant Operator  
Design & Development Engineer   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Sports Engineer  
Naval Architect   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Supply Chain Analyst   Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer  
Process Development Scientist   Mechanical Engineer  
Colour Technician - Textiles   Engineering Machine Operator  
Yield Analysis Engineer   Army Apprentice  
Patternmaker   Manufacturing Technician  
Spray Painter   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Foundry Worker   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Horologist   Polymer Technician  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Roustabout - Roughneck   Blacksmith  
Locksmith   Manufacturing Engineer  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Nuclear Engineer  
Air Corps Apprentice   Aircraft Mechanic  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Mining / Geological Engineer  
Quality Engineer   Polymer 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
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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