Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.
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Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

If you aspire to a career as a carpenter, brick-layer, or any other trade or professional in the construction industry, this programme will offer you a broad foundation of skills to support your progression.

You will learn practical construction skills and detailed underpinning theory through ‘hands on’ projects. Working with our Construction and Building experts, you can develop a broad range of skills that support progression to a range of careers.


What will you Study?

Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Communications (5N0690)
Computer Aided Draughting (2D) (5N1604)
Architectural Drawing (5N1558)
Building Construction (5N1570)
Wood Fabrication (5N1999)










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.
Architect   Architect - Conservation  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Cabinet Maker   French Polisher  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   BIM (Building Information Modelling) Professional  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Structural Engineer  
Acoustic Consultant   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer   Site Forman  
Site Engineer   Insulation Workers  
Stonemason   Construction Planner  
Geomatics Surveyor    Building Labourer / Construction Worker  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Building Technician  
Radiographer - Industrial    Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Abseiler   Gas Fitter  
Construction Site Manager/Site Agent   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Welder   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Steeplejack   Industrial Insulator  
Facilities Manager   Engineering Production Manager  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Electrician  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Concrete Finisher  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpenter / Joiner   Construction / Building   
Building Engineer   Bricklayer  
Tiler / Tile Fitter   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Plasterer  
Painter / Decorator   Insurance Surveyor  
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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