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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Engineering is a broad, diverse field of study that encompasses various fields. They are united by their purpose, which is the practical application of science and maths to real world problems, particularly to building and manufacturing. The field is bigger than just charted engineers, their work is supported by experienced technicians and specialist operations staff.

The four main branches of engineering are chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. But there is a vast number of areas to specialise in, if you’re interested in flight you can work as an aeronautical engineer while an interest in sound could lead to acoustical engineering. Working as an engineer requires many years of study, but there are roles as technicians with less demands. Many engineers will work on manufacturing processes, optimising the machinery and processes that manufacture goods.

Skills

    engineering, maintaining machinery, manufacturing, research & development, project management, problem solving, design, quality control, managing resources, budgeting, electronics, technology, project planning, teamwork, communication,

Key Facts

159k
employed in Manufacturing
18,500
number employed in engineering
42%
of engineering companies in Ireland are involved in R&D
180
overseas engineering companies

Labour Market Information

The demand for those with engineering skills is high. While output from engineering courses has been growing in recent years these graduates are in strong demand across a variety of occupations, which may lead to difficulty sourcing candidates.

Specialist skills for certain science and engineering roles require extensive experience and although small in number they are required nationwide. Demand for those working in science and engineering occupations is driven chiefly by high-tech and related industries.

A significant majority of people employed in the industrial sector were working in manufacturing (250,600 people). Around half of this number were employed in what is classified as low technology, with another 24% employed in high technology manufacturing. Many of those working in high technology manufacturing are employed with pharmaceutical companies.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Are You Suited to Engineering?

  • Do you wonder how things work?
  • Do you enjoy problem solving? Suggesting new ideas and ways of doing things?

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Careers
Engineering Careers Paths

  • Are there Jobs in Engineering?
  • Entry Routes to the Sector
  • Careers Paths in Engineering

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Engineering Careers Paths
Advice for School Leavers, Graduates and Adult Workers

If you are considering a career in Engineering you might consider some of these tips.

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Engineering & Manufacturing Courses
Engineering & Manufacturing Courses

  • CAO & PLC, Level 5 to Level 8 
  • Progression Routes
  • Course Providers Nationwide

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TY Oppportunities

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Overview of Engineering Sector

Engineering is a strong and vibrant sector in Ireland, many people are employed in the sector and it is a major contributor to Irish exports.

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ESB

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College Course Videos...

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