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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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Holistic Health Studies

Course Code(s):  OFHH
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Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code OFHH
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give candidates a broad knowledge of the Holistic Approach to health and wellbeing while gaining practitioner qualifications in the most popular therapies Holistic/Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy or Reflexology, Reiki, Hopi Ear Candling and nutritional therapy.

What will you Study?

Holistic/Swedish Massage
Reiki
Nutrition
Sign Language
Anatomy and Physiology
Professional Conduct and Business Awareness
Occupational First Aid
Work Simulation Programme
Reflexology

Optional Courses:
Hot Stone Massage
Indian Head Massage
Hopi Ear Candling
Fertility Reflexology
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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