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We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Manufacturing Engineer

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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061 CE08
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061 CE08
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course will equip learners with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, which is essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career in engineering. This course also provides students with an opportunity to study FETAC Level 5 Mathematics which is required for entry into Engineering courses at third level.

What will you Study?

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
Building Construction 5N1570
Engineering Drawing 5N1607
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Mathematics 5N1833
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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Further Research

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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  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Glassmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Textile Machinery Technician  
Ergonomist   Printer  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Toolmaker  
Acoustic Consultant   Industrial Insulator  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Welder   Colour Technologist  
Chemical Engineer   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Computer Assembly Technician  
Automation Engineer   Electrical Control Engineer  
Telecommunications Engineer   Electronic Engineer  
Mechatronic Engineer   Photonics Engineer  
Electrical Engineer   Design & Development Engineer  
Telecommunications Technician   Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson  
Auto Electrician   Automotive Engineer  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Electronic Service Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Technical Service Agent  
Engineering Technician - Electrical    Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Engineering Technician - Electronics   Electrical Power Plant Operator  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Sports Engineer  
Naval Architect   Process Development Scientist  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Mechanical Engineer  
Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer   Yield Analysis Engineer  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Army Apprentice   Manufacturing Engineer  
Patternmaker   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater   Engineering Craft Machinist  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Polymer Technician  
Horologist   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Blacksmith   Manufacturing Technician  
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
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.