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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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Games Development

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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 6M20496 MG
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year Games Development course is designed to encourage key games development skills especially in the areas of games software programming and 3D modelling & animation. Learners will learn how to use and implement popular game engines in the creation of their own games software titles while studying core development languages. Additionally, learners will create graphics, animation, sound and look at their implementation possibilities for modern technologies such as the web, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Successful learners will have an extensive knowledge of games software development as well as an extensive portfolio of work including games.

What will you Study?

Digital Media Technology
Project Development
Programming Languages
Digital Games Authoring
Digital Imaging
Web Authoring
Sound Engineering for Games
Drawing
Mathematics for Computing
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ICT Staff - EU   Web Editor  
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Sound Engineer   Screenwriter  
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Musician   Pyrotechnician  
Cartoonist   Performing Artist  
Makeup Artist Assistant - TV/Film   Producer  
Stage Manager   Location Manager - TV / Film  
Piano Tuner   Stunt Artist  
Band Roadie    

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.
Computers & ICT
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