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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Cabinet Making & Construction Studies

Course Code(s):  5M1940
QQI Award Code:  5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1940
QQI Award Code 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give the students essential skills in computer design, manufacturing and construction to enter the work place or continue to further education in Construction, Architecture, Furniture Design and Civil Engineering.

What will you Study?

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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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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
ACADX 5M1940

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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   Illustrator  
Packaging Designer   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Screen Printer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Photographer  
Typographer   Graphic Designer  
Textile Designer   Dressmaker  
Camera Operator   CAD Technician  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Artist  
Architect - Conservation   Ceramics Technologist  
Modelmaker   Metal Fabricator  
Ergonomist   Cabinet Maker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Printer  
Toolmaker   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Draughtsperson   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Musical Instrument Technician   Textile Machinery Technician  
Carton maker   Glassmaker  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Instrument Craftsperson  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer - Structural  
Acoustic Consultant   Engineer  
Building Technician   Insulation Workers  
Stonemason   Welder  
Industrial Insulator   Geomatics Surveyor  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Industrial Abseiler  
Gas Fitter   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Site Engineer   Facilities Manager  
Tiler/Fitter   Surveyor - Construction / Building  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Carpet/Vinyl Fitter  
Electrician   Carpenter / Joiner  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Construction Plant Fitter  
Engineer - Civil   Engineer - Building Services  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Insurance Surveyor  
Painter / Decorator   Production Manager - Engineering  
Bricklayer   Surveyor  
Site Technician   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Scaffolder   Plumber  
Plasterer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Engineer - Environmental  
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
Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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