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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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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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Plumber   Electrician  
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Geoscientist   Energy Manager / Consultant  
Water Engineer   Soil Scientist  
Environmental Engineer   Environmental Technician  
Environmental Health Officer   Environmental Officer  
Minerals / Mining Surveyor    

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