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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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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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Motor Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2145
QQI Award Code:  5M2145 Motor Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2145
QQI Award Code 5M2145 Motor Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The purpose of this pre-apprenticeship course is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence required carry out diagnostic, maintenance and installation procedures on electronic and mechanical components in motor vehicles.

The Motor Trade is a fast paced rapidly changing and challenging environment in which there are many career opportunities. The skills and knowledge acquired on this course are invaluable to anybody wishing to enter the trade or even to those who will just own a car.

What will you Study?

Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144
Auto Electricity 5N2137
Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Electronics 5N1606
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Mathematics (Optional)
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

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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CMTXX 5M2145

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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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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