Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture

Course Code(s):  5M2586
QQI Award Code:  5M2586 Horticulture
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kinsale College of Further Education

Kinsale College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2586
QQI Award Code 5M2586 Horticulture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Sustainable Horticulture/Permaculture is a science based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community.

Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment. The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.

What will you Study?

Permaculture Design 5N1617
Plant Protection 5N2546
Plant Science 5N2528
Plant Identification and Use 5N2527
Soil Science and Growing Media 5N2530
Organic Production 5N2549
Biodiversity and the Natural Environment 5N2547
Work Practice 5N1433
Team Working 5N0690
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COHOR 5M2586

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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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