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If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.
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Motor Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2145
QQI Award Code:  5M2145 Motor Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2145
QQI Award Code 5M2145 Motor Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The motor industry is a significant employer with a diverse range of opportunities in service, sales, parts, emergency/recoveries body repair, fast fit, alarms, glass fitting, etc. Recent years have seen a steady growth in the industry, with record car sales and all the associated work which this brings. The recent introduction of compulsory testing has opened a new sphere of employment within the industry. The motor industry is constantly developing and changing with new technology and products which makes it an exciting place to work and learn.

What will you Study?

Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144
Motor Vehicle Electricity
Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143
Electronics
Mathematics
Web Authoring 5N1910
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CMTXX 5M2145

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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.
Agricultural Mechanic   Ceramics Technologist  
Textile Machinery Technician   Printer  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Glassmaker  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Ergonomist  
Toolmaker   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Acoustic Consultant   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Welder   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Industrial Insulator   Chemical Engineer  
Colour Technologist   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Computer Assembly Technician  
Automation Engineer   Mechatronic Engineer  
Electrical Power Plant Operator   Automotive Engineer  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Technical Service Agent  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Sports Engineer  
Naval Architect   Process Development Scientist  
Mechanical Engineer   Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Patternmaker  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Yield Analysis Engineer  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Manufacturing Technician  
Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater   Army Apprentice  
Manufacturing Engineer   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Blacksmith   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Horologist   Polymer Technician  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Refrigeration Craftsperson  
Nuclear Engineer   Aircraft Mechanic  
Air Corps Apprentice   Naval Service Cadet - Engineering  
Mining / Geological Engineer   Polymer Engineer  
Quality 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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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