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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Graphic Design & Illustration

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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1995
QQI Award Code 5M1995 Graphic Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Graphic design is a vehicle for communication as well as self-expression. It is about communicating visually in order to inform, educate, entertain or persuade. Graphic designers provide creative, visual solutions for anything from magazine layout to packaging design. Students will produce a portfolio of design work, including posters, magazine layouts, logo design, web layouts, book illustration, drawing and more. You will be encouraged to explore and express your ideas through a variety of media while developing your own unique and individual approach to visual problem solving.

What will you Study?

Graphic Design
Illustration
Design Methodology
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Computer Graphics
Typography 5N3485
Drawing 5N1862
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.

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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
AGDXX 5M1995

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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.
Advertising Art Director   Industrial Designer  
Textile Designer   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Artist   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Costume Designer   Sculptor  
Potter / Ceramicist   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Architect - Conservation  
Taxidermist   Packaging Designer  
Craft Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Arts Administrator   Digital Media Designer  
Typographer   Photographer  
Interior Architect / Designer   Dressmaker  
Film / Video Editor   Creative Director  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Fashion Designer   Animator  
Camera Operator   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Architect   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Instrument Craftsperson   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   French Polisher  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Glassmaker   Upholsterer  
Metal Fabricator   Modelmaker  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Theatre / Television Designer   Cartoonist  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Milliner  
Tattoo Artist   Designer / Maker - Craft  
Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Desktop Publisher   Broadcasting Researcher  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Writer  
Journalist - Radio / Television   Literary agent  
Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser   Transport Design Engineer  
Boat Builder    

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.
Art, Craft & Design
Media & Publishing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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