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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Civil, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering

Course Code(s):  5M2061 5M2010
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061 5M2010
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course provides learners with a variety of experiences, with a focus on hands-on practical skills supported by theoretical knowledge of modern trends in various engineering disciplines and of the latest technologies. People seeking to improve their opportunities for worthwhile employment, apprenticeships and self-employment can gain from participating in this course.

What will you Study?

Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Building Construction 5N1570
Mathematics
Digital Electronics
Electronics
Word Processing 5N1358
Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Communications 5N0690
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

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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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Further Research

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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 Architect / Designer   Landscape Scientist  
Landscape Manager   Architect - Conservation  
Architect   Draughtsperson  
Cabinet Maker   Metal Fabricator  
Town Planning Support   Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Acoustic Consultant  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer - Structural  
Engineer   Surveyor  
Production Manager - Engineering   Site Technician  
Industrial Insulator   Facilities Manager  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Geomatics Surveyor  
Building Technician   Insulation Workers  
Engineer - Building Services   Gas Fitter  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Site Engineer  
Sheet Metal Worker/Plater   Scaffolder  
Stonemason   Welder  
Bricklayer   Surveyor - Construction / Building  
Carpenter / Joiner   Carpet/Vinyl Fitter  
Engineering Technician - Civil   Engineer - Civil  
Construction Plant Fitter   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Electrician   Plumber  
Plasterer   Painter / Decorator  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Insurance Surveyor  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Tiler/Fitter  
Naval Architect   Process Development Scientist  
Supply Chain Analyst   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace   Engineer - Mechanical  
Army Apprentice   Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Patternmaker   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Blacksmith  
Engineer - Yield Analysis   Polymer Technician  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Horologist  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Manufacturing Technician   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Engineer - Environmental   Environmental Officer  

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
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.