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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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Animal Care

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2768 STE5
QQI Award Code 5M2768 AnimalCare
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

With an ever increasing pet population and due to changes and requirements in veterinary nursing practices, the demand for quality animal care is greater than ever. This Animal Care course is designed to equip learners with the skills and underlying knowledge required to work in the evolving sector of animal related industries. It also provides valuable opportunities to pursue further study and a career in animal care. Through this course you will gain an understanding of animal anatomy and animal behaviour as well as developing important communication and customer care skills. You will be required to purchase a grooming equipment kit.

What will you Study?

Animal Anatomy and Physiology 5N0750
Animal Welfare 5N0753
Biology 5N2746
Animal Grooming 5N0752
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Word Processing 5N1358
Customer Service 5N0972
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Option:
Mathematics 5N1833
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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASAC 5M2768

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Zoologist   Riding / Equestrian Instructor  
Farrier   Zoo Keeper  
Veterinary Nurse    

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.
Animals & Veterinary Science
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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