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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Renewable Energy & Control Systems

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010 CI061RE
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at those who wish to embark on a course of study leading to a career in renewable energy or a manufacturing environment. Renewable energy (RE) has seen rapid development in the last five years worldwide, especially in the area of wind turbines and small scale domestic systems. This course will enable students to develop an understanding of sustainability issues and renewable energy systems, to examine the role of microprocessor control in industry, and to design and build a control system which requires a number of inputs and outputs. Students will develop knowledge, skills and competence in areas such as solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and domestic wind turbine system specification and control systems used in industry.

What will you Study?

This course is aimed at those who wish to embark on a course of study leading to a career in renewable energy or a manufacturing environment. Renewable energy (RE) has seen rapid development in the last five years worldwide, especially in the area of wind turbines and small scale domestic systems. This course will enable students to develop an understanding of sustainability issues and renewable energy systems, to examine the role of microprocessor control in industry, and to design and build a control system which requires a number of inputs and outputs. Students will develop knowledge, skills and competence in areas such as solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and domestic wind turbine system specification and control systems used in industry. 

Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Communications 5N0690
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Building Construction 5N1570
Word Processing 5N1358
Control Systems 5N1437
Electronics 5N1606
Mathematics 5N1833
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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.

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Renewable and Energineering Technology Advanced Cavan Institute 

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.
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Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
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Electrical Engineer   Electronic Engineer  
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Technical Service Agent   Electronic Service Engineer  
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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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