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Renewable and Energineering Technology Advanced

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5154 CI062RN
QQI Award Code 6M5154 Maintenance Skills Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This level 6 course enables students to reach an advanced level in the area of renewable energy and automation/control systems. Students gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the latest technologies. Upon successful completion of the course graduates should be able to interpret customer requirements and provide advice on the solution options available. As part of this course student are given the opportunity to gain work experience in a relevant company for 2-3 days per week with classes contact confined to 3 full-time days per week. There is a very high employment rate from this course.

What will you Study?

Teamworking 5N1367

Work Practice 6N1947

Communications 6N1950

Safety Management 6N1782

Project Management 6N4090

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.

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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.
Biosystems Engineer   Arborist  
Cartographer    Forestry Professional  
Geochemist   Molecular Biologist  
Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Telecommunications Engineer  
Automation Engineer   Electrical Control Engineer  
Electrical Engineer   Electronic Engineer  
Mechatronic Engineer   Photonics Engineer  
Technical Service Agent   Electronic Service Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Engineering Technician - Electronics  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Design & Development Engineer  
Auto Electrician   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Engineering Technician - Electrical    Automotive Engineer  
Particle Physicist   Marine Scientist  
Oceanographer   Marine Biologist  
Field trials officer   Gas Engineer  
Meteorological Officer   Mining / Geological Engineer  
Mathematical Modeller    Solar Physicist   
Environmental Chemist   Environmental Consultant  
Environmental Engineer   Soil Scientist  
Geologist   Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster  
Energy Engineer   Atmospheric Scientist  
Hydrologist   Water Engineer  
Geoscientist   Energy Manager / Consultant  
Environmental Scientist   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Environmental Officer   Waterkeeper  
Recycling Officer    Botanist  
Ecologist   Timber Technologist  

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.
Earth Science & Environment
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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