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Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Pre University Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807 5M5267
QQI Award Code:  5M5267 Food Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This new one year course would both prepare students for the ever expanding world of quality food production. Food scientists play a role in all aspects of the food chain, from production at farm level to the retailer, to the consumer.

This course will develop the students knowledge of food production, development, preparation, safe handling and marketing. By changing their combination of modules, students can avail of the science award and continue to third level to study agricultural science. Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines to the production of quality food.

What will you Study?

Food Chemistry 5N2748
Mathematics
Food Processing
Nutrition
MicroBiology 5N0737
Communications 5N0690
Biology 5N2746
Work Experience 5N1356
Laboratory Techniques
Physics 5N1460
Chemistry
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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.
Food Scientist   Food Technologist  
Engineer   Production Manager - Engineering  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Toxicologist  
Engineer - Chemical   Geochemist  
Industrial Chemist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Haematologist  
Geneticist   Genetic Engineer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Engineer - Production & Process   
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Engineer - Petroleum   Colour Technologist  
Engineer - Biochemical   Pharmacologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Biomedical Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Laboratory Manager  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Immunologist  
Laboratory Technician   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Scientist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Physicist  
Mathematician   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

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.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Earth Science & Environment
Space Science and Technology
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