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Kerry College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010
QQI Award Code 5M5010 Construction Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The programme provides for students who wish to develop pre-apprenticeship skills, pursue employment or advance to further education. It aims to familiarise students with the work environment of the building industry and to prepare them for the whole world of work. The Safe Pass legal requirement for the building industry will form an optional part of the course. The course is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education.
The programme provides for students who wish to develop pre-apprenticeship skills, pursue employment or advance to further education. It aims to familiarise students with the work environment of the building industry and to prepare them for the whole world of work. The FAS Safe Pass legal requirement for the building industry will form an optional part of the course. The course is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education.

What will you Study?

Practical Building Construction 5N1570
Plastering
Bricklaying
Painting and Decorating
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
(House Plans and Surveying)
Electricity
Communications 5N0690
Carpentry and Joinery
Blocklaying
Plumbing
Word Processing 5N1358
Wood Craft and Metal Craft
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
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Progression to CAO Courses

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CCONT 5M5010

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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.
Architect   Architect - Conservation  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Cabinet Maker   French Polisher  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   BIM (Building Information Modelling) Professional  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Structural Engineer  
Acoustic Consultant   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer   Site Forman  
Site Engineer   Insulation Workers  
Stonemason   Construction Planner  
Geomatics Surveyor    Building Labourer / Construction Worker  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Building Technician  
Radiographer - Industrial    Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Abseiler   Gas Fitter  
Construction Site Manager/Site Agent   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Welder   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Steeplejack   Industrial Insulator  
Facilities Manager   Engineering Production Manager  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Electrician  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Concrete Finisher  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpenter / Joiner   Construction / Building   
Building Engineer   Bricklayer  
Tiler / Tile Fitter   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Plasterer  
Painter / Decorator   Insurance Surveyor  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Officer    

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.
Building, Construction & Property
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