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St. John's Central College

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4989
QQI Award Code 6M4989 Architectural Technology and Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Overview This course is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in Engineering, Building Services Management, Industrial Design or Architecture related areas. Students will use the most relevant BIM (Building Information Modelling) software for these industries, including Revit. The course also aims to develop an understanding of Sustainable/Green Building Technology and Design, introduces Building Energy Rating (BER), the associated software (DEAP) and other related topics.

What will you Study?

Architectural Drawing and Presentation
Computer Aided Draughting
Building Technology and Design
Communications
Work Experience
Environmental Studies
Computer Aided Design- 3D
Surveying
Green Building
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Progression to CAO Courses

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AATDX 6M4989

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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   Forestry Professional  
Cartographer    Tree Surgeon/Arborist  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   BIM (Building Information Modelling) Professional  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Acoustic Consultant  
Structural Engineer   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer   Site Forman  
Steeplejack   Construction Site Manager/Site Agent  
Welder   Site Engineer  
Facilities Manager   Industrial Abseiler  
Construction Planner   Engineering Production Manager  
Surveyor   Insulation Workers  
Stonemason   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Radiographer - Industrial   
Building Technician   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Building Labourer / Construction Worker   Geomatics Surveyor   
Gas Distribution Worker   Site Technician  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Insurance Surveyor  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Concrete Finisher  
Construction Plant Fitter   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Electrician   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Tiler / Tile Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
Construction / Building    Plumber  
Plasterer   Scaffolder  
Painter / Decorator   Bricklayer  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Building Engineer  
Molecular Biologist   Geochemist  
Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Roustabout - Roughneck  
Particle Physicist   Oceanographer  
Marine Scientist   Marine Biologist  
Derrickman   Hydrographic Surveyor   
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Mining / Geological Engineer   Atmospheric Scientist  
Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster   Environmental Chemist  
Geologist   Water Engineer  
Hydrologist   Meteorological Officer  
Geoscientist   Energy Manager / Consultant  
Soil Scientist   Gas Engineer  
Energy Engineer   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Consultant   Solar Physicist   
Recycling Officer    Environmental Officer  
Botanist   Environmental Scientist  
Timber Technologist   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Ecologist   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   Waterkeeper  
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.
Earth Science & Environment
Building, Construction & Property
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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