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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Blackrock Further Education Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536 CNS
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Did you ever wonder how information and communications networks are built? Are you interested in learning the skills to defend computer networks against cyber attacks? By doing this course, you will be able to build and configure local area networks (LANs) to enable the sharing of computing resources among users. Protection of data is now a priority for all businesses. As well as learning the fundamentals of computer network security, this course will equip you with the skills to identify security threats and appropriate mitigation strategies.

What will you Study?

This course offers participants the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification to work in the Information Communications Technology sector. On completion participants will be able to build and maintain computing devices and networks. Subjects include: Network+, Computer systems hardware, Operating systems, Netwroking essentials...see www.bfei.ie for full list of subjects. This is a level 5 QQI Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks. NO FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS are required for entry to the course. 

CompTIA
Security+
Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Operating Systems 5N2928
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Distributed Systems
Computer and Network System Security
Maths
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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Progression to CAO Courses

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