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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Creative Craft

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2012 AH03
QQI Award Code 5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course aims to give learners a firm foundation in the design & woodworking skills required for the furniture industry. Learners will be also be equipped with personal skills such as communications, problem solving and creative development and gain the knowledge needed to effectively apply their skills to future opportunities and career choices. Throughout the course you will explore a broad range of design disciplines. Practical studio/workshop sessions will form an integral part of the course. There will be a strong emphasis on safe work practices in the workshop setting.

What will you Study?

Craft is the process of making things. It is an activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects. This course will offer learners an introduction to sculpture, ceramics, casting and mould making with an emphasis on the craft processes involved.

Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Furniture Making 5N1275
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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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AFURX 5M2012

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