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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Sustainable Architectural Technology

Course Code(s):  5M5010
QQI Award Code:  5M5010 Construction Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010
QQI Award Code 5M5010 Construction Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Through this course you will learn the essential skills of environmental construction and civil engineering, which may allow you to progress to construction, architecture and engineering courses in Higher Education or go directly to employment.

The course is designed to give learners a firm foundation in the skills required in the Green Architecture/Sustainable Technology sector. It covers a range of topics which are both interesting and relevant in todays market. Elements of the course will contain both theory and practical sessions.

What will you Study?

Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
Building Construction 5N1570
Mathematics
Materials Science 5N1637
Computer Aided
Draughting (2D)
Communications 5N0690
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
CCONT 5M5010

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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 Manager  
Landscape Scientist   Architect  
Architect - Conservation   Cabinet Maker  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Town Planning Support   Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Structural Engineer  
Traffic Engineer   Acoustic Consultant  
Engineer   Site Engineer  
Facilities Manager   Engineering Production Manager  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Insulation Workers   Stonemason  
Geomatics Surveyor    Building Services Engineering Technician  
Building Technician   Gas Fitter  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Industrial Insulator  
Welder   Industrial Abseiler  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Building Services Engineer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Construction Plant Fitter  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Electrician   Carpenter / Joiner  
Construction / Building    Plasterer  
Painter / Decorator   Bricklayer  
Insurance Surveyor   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Field trials officer   Mathematical Modeller   
Environmental Chemist   Solar Physicist   
Mining / Geological Engineer   Gas Engineer  
Geologist   Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster  
Hydrologist   Energy Engineer  
Geoscientist   Atmospheric Scientist  
Energy Manager / Consultant   Water Engineer  
Soil Scientist   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Consultant   Environmental Officer  
Botanist   Ecologist  
Environmental Scientist   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   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.
Building, Construction & Property
Earth Science & Environment
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.