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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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Art College - Portfolio Preparation

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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1985
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This intensive portfolio course will develop learners’ talents in a wide range of visual and artistic skills. This portfolio will allow them to proceed to further study at third level. Learners will participate in local cultural festivals. Past graduates have been commended for their artistic contributions.

What will you Study?

This intensive portfolio course will develop learners’ talents in a wide range of visual and artistic skills. This portfolio will allow them to proceed to further study at third level. Learners will participate in local cultural festivals. Past graduates have been commended for their artistic contributions.

Drawing 5N1862
Painting 5N1302
Sculpture 5N1918
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Design Skills
Computer 3D Modelling
Animation
Printmaking 5N1373
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.

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