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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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Limerick College of Further Education

Limerick College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

At the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge of the skills, tools, technology and techniques used within the construction industry.

What will you Study?

Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge of the skills, tools, technology and techniques used within the construction industry. Demonstrate an understanding of construction details and safety and health in the construction workplace. Utilise a range of skills and safely produce construction details using a wide range of portable and hand tools. Apply current building regulations and safety and health regulations to specific construction related projects. Analyse and execute basis construction briefs while employing appropriate strategies and materials. Exercise and direct initiative in the construction environment. Take responsibility for own learning in a structured context.

Wood Fabrication
Building Construction
Communications
Work Experience
Engineering Drawing
Materials Science
Safety and Health at Work
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CCONT 5M5010

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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.
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Site Engineer   Facilities Manager  
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Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
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Fitter - Plant Machinery   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
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Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
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Building Services Engineer   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Plasterer  
Bricklayer   Painter / Decorator  
Insurance Surveyor   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Officer    

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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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