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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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Waterford College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This full-time course is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to implement and support PC systems and networks. This course specifically prepares participants for careers within computer maintenance and technical support.

What will you Study?

This full-time course is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to implement and support PC systems and networks. This course specifically prepares participants for careers within computer maintenance and technical support.

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Operating Systems 5N2928
Networking Essentials 5N2929
ICT Security Policy Management
Programming Design Principals
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Web Design
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Progression to CAO Courses

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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.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Scientist  
Business Systems Service Technician   ICT Staff - EU  
Network Administrator   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Web Designer / Developer   Network Engineer  
Web Editor   Information Architect - IT  
Database Administrator   Data Entry Operator  
Multimedia Technical Manager   Multimedia Designer  
App Developer - Android /iOS   Computer Systems Sales Manager  
Computer / Software Sales Assistant   IT Consultant  
Big Data Specialist   Games Programmer  
IT Security Specialist   Test Lead - Software  
Software Developer / Architect   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
IT Manager   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Hardware Engineer   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Systems Technician   Games Tester  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Software Engineer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Data Change Agent  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Computer Assembly Technician  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist   Computer Trainer / Instructor  
IT Trainer   Telecommunications Engineer  
Electronic 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.
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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