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 Colm Hofler from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Colm Hofler

Chemical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Colm Hofler
Within the building materials industry there are opportunities for people with very different backgrounds.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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This programme is tailored to prepare graduates to perform in senior technical, administrative, supervisory and management positions. It will equip them with the necessary mix of academic and practical skills, giving them an inter-disciplinary approach to carrying out tasks with a combination of management, business and technology studies.

An important part of the programme is the final year Automotive Engineering Technology Project.

Study subjects such as Automotive Systems Technology, Automotive Science, Maths, Automotive Operations Management, Automotive commercial / Financial Management, Automotive Law and Legislation.

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