Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061 CI061EN
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061 CI061EN
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course may be of interest to students who are considering pursuing a degree in engineering. It is also of particular relevance to those who require a science subject or mathematics to progress to further study.

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a theoretical understanding of, and acquired practical competencies in: common measuring and inspection techniques used in the engineering industry, the properties of engineering materials and common machining methods, the use of a range of tools and equipment (e.g. milling machine, lathe, drilling machine as well a variety of other measuring and hand tools) as well as CNC programming.

What will you Study?

Computer Aided Draughting 2D 5N1604

Work Experience 5N1356

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608

Communications 5N0690

Mathematics 4N1987

Design Skills 5N0784

Physics 5N1460

Electronics 5N1606

Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136

Word Processing 5N1358

Computer 3D Modelling & Animation 5N1603
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  
Printer   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Glassmaker   Toolmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Textile Machinery Technician  
Carton maker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Ergonomist   Acoustic Consultant  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Welder  
Industrial Insulator   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Colour Technologist   Chemical Engineer  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Computer Assembly Technician   Electrical Control Engineer  
Mechatronic Engineer   Photonics Engineer  
Electrical Engineer   Electronic Engineer  
Telecommunications Engineer   Automation Engineer  
Automotive Engineer   Auto Electrician  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Electronic Service Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Engineering Technician - Electronics  
Telecommunications Technician   Office Equipment Service Technician  
Engineering Technician - Electrical    Design & Development Engineer  
Technical Service Agent   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Electrical Power Plant Operator   Prosthetist / Orthotist  
Sports Engineer   Naval Architect  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer  
Process Development Scientist   Mechanical Engineer  
Manufacturing Engineer   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Patternmaker   Manufacturing Technician  
Army Apprentice   Engineering Craft Machinist  
Horologist   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Polymer Technician   Machinist - Manufacturing  
Yield Analysis Engineer   Blacksmith  
Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater   Refrigeration Craftsperson  
Mechanic / Automotive Technician   Nuclear Engineer  
Air Corps Apprentice   Aircraft Mechanic  
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.