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Mechanical Engineer

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An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.
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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Paul's Community College

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one year full-time course is intended to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding, careers in the Engineering industry.

What will you Study?

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Materials Science 5N1637
Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Engineering Drawing
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Information Technology Skills
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.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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Sample Careers

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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
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.

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

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Grades Recieved:

source: QQI