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Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Sustainable Building Technology

Course Code(s):  5M5010
QQI Award Code:  5M5010 Construction Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010
QQI Award Code 5M5010 Construction Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is suitable for learners who wish to adjust to a changing construction industry by broadening their knowledge base into energy efficient building techniques. Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of green building technology with an emphasis on energy, insulation, conservation and sustainable living. Practical skills such as solar/photovoltaic panel installation, wind turbine technology, retro fitting of domestic buildings, green building technology, installation of insulation and energy upgrades are completed in order to build up the learners skill capacity in this area. No previous building experience is necessary.

What will you Study?

Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of green building technology with an emphasis on energy, insulation conservation and sustainable living. They will also gain an appreciation of various National and European policies as they relate to sustainable energy in a residential context. There is also a focus on hands on, practical skills such as solar/photovoltaic panel installation, wind turbine technology, insulation techniques and software applications associated with measuring the energy performance of these buildings. This course is ideally suited to learners who wish to adjust to a changing construction industry by broadening their knowledge base.

Thermal Insulation Installation
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Building Construction 5N1570
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
(2D) Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356

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CCONT 5M5010

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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.
Landscape Architect / Designer   Landscape Manager  
Landscape Scientist   Architect  
Architect - Conservation   Cabinet Maker  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Town Planning Support   Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Structural Engineer  
Traffic Engineer   Acoustic Consultant  
Engineer   Site Engineer  
Facilities Manager   Engineering Production Manager  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Insulation Workers   Stonemason  
Geomatics Surveyor    Building Services Engineering Technician  
Building Technician   Gas Fitter  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Industrial Insulator  
Welder   Industrial Abseiler  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Building Services Engineer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Construction Plant Fitter  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Electrician   Carpenter / Joiner  
Construction / Building    Plasterer  
Painter / Decorator   Bricklayer  
Insurance Surveyor   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Field trials officer   Mathematical Modeller   
Environmental Chemist   Solar Physicist   
Mining / Geological Engineer   Gas Engineer  
Geologist   Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster  
Hydrologist   Energy Engineer  
Geoscientist   Atmospheric Scientist  
Energy Manager / Consultant   Water Engineer  
Soil Scientist   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Consultant   Environmental Officer  
Botanist   Ecologist  
Environmental Scientist   Environmental Health Officer  
Environmental Technician   Minerals / Mining Surveyor  

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
Earth Science & Environment
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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