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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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Music Production

Course Code(s):  5M2149 CI061MR
QQI Award Code:  5M2149 Sound Production
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2149 CI061MR
QQI Award Code 5M2149 Sound Production
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course focuses on the practical use of audio and music technology in a number of settings, including the recording studio, post-production, live sound, sound design and audio for video. Students participate fully in recording studio sessions. They will create, produce and mix music, engineer live performances, programme sound synthesisers, sequence drum and instrument tracks, and also create sound effects and Foley sounds for video. These activities are supported by theory sessions in sound creation, music theory, acoustics, media studies, signal processing and much more. ProTools is used in the studios and editing suite, offering an ideal environment where students can apply their knowledge and skills.

What will you Study?

This course focuses on the practical use of audio and music technology in a number of settings, including the recording studio, post-production, live sound, sound design and audio for video. Students participate fully in recording studio sessions. They will create, produce and mix music, engineer live performances, programme sound synthesisers, sequence drum and instrument tracks, and also create sound effects and Foley sounds for video. These activities are supported by theory sessions in sound creation, music theory, acoustics, media studies, signal processing and much more. ProTools is used in the studios and editing suite, offering an ideal environment where students can apply their knowledge and skills.

Critical Music Listening
Live Sound for Small Venues
Music Studio Production
Music in Context
Principles of Musical Sound
Research and Study Skills 5N3113
Music Technology 5N1640
Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148
Sound Engineering and Production 5N1900
Music Industry Studies 5N1458
Work Experience 5N1356
Audio Engineering
Communications 5N0690
Music Theory and Practice 5N1849
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

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EMEXX 5M2149

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