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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1940
QQI Award Code 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give the students essential skills in computer design, manufacturing and construction to enter the work place or continue to further education in Construction, Architecture, Furniture Design and Civil Engineering.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356
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
ACADX 5M1940

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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.
Photographic Technician / Processing Assistant   Architect  
Typographer   Screen Printer  
Dressmaker   Illustrator  
Artist   Graphic Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Photographer  
Textile Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Craft Designer  
Packaging Designer   Architect - Conservation  
CAD Technician   Camera Operator  
Ceramics Technologist   Printer  
French Polisher   Textile Machinery Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Textile & Fabric Operative  
Shoe Repairer / Cobbler   Toolmaker  
Upholsterer   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Metal Engraver   Ergonomist  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Instrument Craftsperson   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Metal Fabricator   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Cabinet Maker   Glassmaker  
Modelmaker   Draughtsperson  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Acoustic Consultant   Structural Engineer  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer  
Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
Building Services Engineer   Radiographer - Industrial   
Civil / Construction Engineer   Concrete Finisher  
Welder   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Industrial Insulator   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
Industrial Abseiler   Bricklayer  
Construction / Building    Steeplejack  
Construction Plant Fitter   Building Technician  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Painter / Decorator   Site Engineer  
Facilities Manager   Engineering Production Manager  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Insurance Surveyor  
Surveyor   Plumber  
Insulation Workers   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Building Labourer / Construction Worker  
Plasterer   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Electrician   Geomatics Surveyor   
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Scaffolder  
Stonemason   Site Technician  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Officer    

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.
Building, Construction & Property
Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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