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St. Paul's Community College

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?

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

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

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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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   Upholsterer  
Glassmaker   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Metal Engraver   Textile Machinery Technician  
Toolmaker   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Ergonomist  
Acoustic Consultant   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Welder   Radiographer - Industrial   
Industrial Insulator   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Colour Technologist   Chemical Engineer  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Computer Assembly Technician   Telecommunications Engineer  
Electrical Control Engineer   Electrical Engineer  
Photonics Engineer   Automation Engineer  
Electronic Engineer   Mechatronic Engineer  
Automotive Engineer   Telecommunications Technician  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Electronic Service Engineer  
Auto Electrician   Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson  
Design & Development Engineer   Engineering Technician - Electronics  
Electrical Power Plant Operator   Technical Service Agent  
Domestic Appliance Service Technician   Office Equipment Service Technician  
Engineering Technician - Electrical    Electronic Equipment Assembler  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Sports Engineer  
Naval Architect   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Process Development Scientist   Mechanical Engineer  
Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer   Roustabout - Roughneck  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Refrigeration Craftsperson  
Patternmaker   Foundry Worker  
Spray Painter   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Colour Technician - Textiles   Manufacturing Technician  
Army Apprentice   Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater  
Manufacturing Engineer   Yield Analysis Engineer  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Polymer Technician  
Locksmith   Horologist  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Blacksmith  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Engineering Machine Operator  
Nuclear Engineer   Aircraft Mechanic  
Air Corps Apprentice   Naval Service Cadet - Engineering  
Mining / Geological Engineer   Quality Engineer  
Polymer 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.