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Green Energy & The Built Environment

Course Code(s):  5M5010
QQI Award Code:  5M5010 Construction Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This Fetac Level 5 course has been developed to provide the learner with a good understanding and knowledge base in the area of renewable energy and building insulation systems. It will enable the learners to plan and execute projects of research and investigate recent developments within the renewable energy arena by demonstrating extensive critical understanding of this rapidly expanding area

It covers the production, collection and storage of different types of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro, tide and wave.

What will you Study?

Building Construction 5N1570
Communications 5N0690
Design Skills 5N0784
Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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

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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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CCONT 5M5010

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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.
Landscape Scientist   Architect  
Architect - Conservation   Metal Fabricator  
Draughtsperson   Cabinet Maker  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer  
Acoustic Consultant   Structural Engineer  
Geomatics Surveyor    Facilities Manager  
Engineering Production Manager   Surveyor  
Site Technician   Site Engineer  
Insulation Workers   Welder  
Industrial Abseiler   Industrial Insulator  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Gas Fitter  
Building Technician   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Stonemason   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Bricklayer   Construction / Building   
Electrician   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Civil / Construction Engineer  
Engineering Technician - Civil   Carpet/Vinyl Fitter  
Carpenter / Joiner   Building Services Engineer  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Insurance Surveyor   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Painter / Decorator   Plasterer  
Plumber   Scaffolder  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Mining / Geological Engineer  
Gas Engineer   Energy Engineer  
Soil Scientist   Environmental Chemist  
Solar Physicist    Atmospheric Scientist  
Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster   Hydrologist  
Geoscientist   Energy Manager / Consultant  
Water Engineer   Geologist  
Environmental Engineer   Environmental Consultant  
Botanist   Ecologist  
Environmental Scientist   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   Timber Technologist  
Recycling Officer    Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Environmental Officer   Minerals / Mining Surveyor  

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
Earth Science & Environment
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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