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Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.
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Skipper - Full (Donegal)

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

What will you Study?

Skipper Full Certificate Course Subjects:

  • Navigation I
  • Navigation II (Electronic Navigation & Computers)
  • Ship Construction and Stability
  • Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Collision Regulations and Safety Orals
  • Business and Law

Duration: 14 weeks full time study

Award: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency

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.

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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.
Naval Architect   Ship Mate  
Naval Service Cadet - Deck   Oceanographer  
Skipper   Boat Builder  
Derrickman   Merchant Navy - Deck Officer  
Hydrographic Surveyor    Marine Engineer  
Diver   Coastguard  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Naval Recruit  
Cadet - Merchant Navy   Hydrologist  

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.
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
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