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Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

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Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2145 CE10
QQI Award Code:  5M2145 Motor Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2145 CE10
QQI Award Code 5M2145 Motor Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in car maintenance and who wishes to join the automotive industry. It will also be of interest to students who want to gain a formal qualification in Motor Vehicle Maintenance as well as to those who simply want to expand their knowledge of Motor Vehicle Maintenance. The course is designed to help you develop occupational knowledge and carry out practical tasks.

You will learn theoretical and practical aspects of the essential knowledge and skills required in todays motor vehicle repair industry. You will also learn about health and safety in the workplace and other skills needed to work in a garage.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358

Auto Electricity 5N2137

Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144

Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143

Work Experience 5N1356

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608

Communications 5N0690

Electronics 5N1606

Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CMTXX 5M2145

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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