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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Engineering - Preliminary

Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Engineering, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education. Students who pass all modules including course practical work (the pass mark in each subject is 50%) will be eligible to enter a number of Level 7 degree courses in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

What will you Study?

Mathematics
Physics 5N1460
Mechanics
Materials Science 5N1637
Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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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.
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Welder   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
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Engineer - Mechatronic   Engineer - Electrical Control  
Engineer - Photonics   Engineer - Automation  
Engineer - Electrical   Engineer - Telecommunications  
Engineer - Electronic   Telecommunications Technician  
Engineer - Automotive   Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson  
Auto Electrician   Electronic Service Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Electrical Power Plant Operator  
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Engineer - Yield Analysis   Patternmaker  
Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Manufacturing Technician   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Machinist - Manufacturing  
Polymer Technician   Horologist  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Army Apprentice  
Blacksmith   Engineer - Nuclear  
Air Corps Apprentice   Aircraft Mechanic  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Engineer - Mining / Geological  
Engineer - Polymer   Engineer - Quality  

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.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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