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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Building Construction & Renewable Energy Systems

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010 CE09
QQI Award Code 5M5010 Construction Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for learners who are considering a career within the building industry. It also provides a firm foundation for entry into relevant third level courses or onto apprenticeships. Successful participants will receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Construction Technology.

This course is designed for learners who are considering a career within the building industry. It also provides a firm foundation for entry into relevant third level courses or onto apprenticeships. Successful participants will receive a FETAC/QQI Level 5 Certificate in Construction Technology.

What will you Study?

Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Mathematics (5N1833)
Communications (5N0690)
Architectural Drawing (5N1558)
Building Construction (5N1570)
Building Services (5N4974)
Renewable Energy Systems (5N4975)
Word Processing (5N1358)
Computer Aided Draughting (2D) (5N1604)







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Progression to CAO Courses

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CCONT 5M5010

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Plumber   Plasterer  
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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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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