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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Construction Technology & Sustainable Design

Course Code(s):  5M5010
QQI Award Code:  5M5010 Construction Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Conleth's Community College

St. Conleth's Community College
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Course overview

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

What will you Study?

Wood Craft and Metal Craft
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Practical Building Construction 5N1570
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
Maths for engineering
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Blocklaying / bricklaying
Plastering
Carpentry and Joinery
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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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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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.
Architect   Architect - Conservation  
Metal Fabricator   Draughtsperson  
Cabinet Maker   Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Acoustic Consultant  
Engineer   Engineer - Structural  
Traffic Engineer   Site Technician  
Sheet Metal Worker/Plater   Surveyor  
Production Manager - Engineering   Facilities Manager  
Site Engineer   Insulation Workers  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Building Technician  
Welder   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Geomatics Surveyor   Stonemason  
Scaffolder   Plumber  
Bricklayer   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Engineer - Civil  
Engineering Technician - Civil   Carpet/Vinyl Fitter  
Carpenter / Joiner   Surveyor - Construction / Building  
Engineer - Building Services   Electrician  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Plasterer  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Painter / Decorator  
Insurance Surveyor   Tiler/Fitter  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster  
Solar Physicist   Environmental Chemist  
Gas Engineer   Engineer - Mining / Geological  
Atmospheric Scientist   Geologist  
Hydrologist   Geoscientist  
Energy Manager/Consultant   Soil Scientist  
Engineer - Water   Engineer - Environmental  
Environmental Consultant   Engineer - Energy  
Environmental Officer   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   Surveyor - Minerals / Mining  

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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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