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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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Boat Building

Course Code(s):  5M1981 CI061BD
QQI Award Code:  5M1981 Creative Craft
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1981 CI061BD
QQI Award Code 5M1981 Creative Craft
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the information, skills and practical experience necessary to work in the area of boat building. The proposed course has a strong craft element and will enable students to gain skills in the construction of small wooden craft. There will be a strong focus on the use of modern materials and techniques.

This course is aimed at retaining traditional boat making and repair skills, and developing new skills in boat design, building and repair. The course is aimed at those who are interested in boat building and repair as a career and who want to learn the trade and the modern methods required by todays standards in a working boat shop.

What will you Study?

Boatbuilding (Small Wooden Craft)
Work Experience 5N1356
Sculpture 5N1918
Drawing 5N1862
Materials and Finishes
Woodturning
Teamworking 5N1367
Combined Materials 5N0764
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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ACXXX 5M1981

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