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Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.

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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

Advice from Experts...

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

Career Opportunities in Engineering
Career Opportunities in Engineering

The engineering sector itself is made up of a wide range of companies providing a diverse range of products and services.

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Careers in Aircraft Maintenance
Careers in Aircraft Maintenance

Interested in a career with Avionics or Mechanics? We provide some of the best opportunities in Ireland today.

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Qualifications Required for Mechanical Engineering
Qualifications Required for Mechanical Engineering

Students can study mechanical engineering at Level 6, 7 or 8 in colleges across Ireland. Alternatively, students can study an undenominated engineering degree and then specialise in mechanical engineering in the final year of the course.

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Posted by: STEPS
Qualifications Required for Civil & Building Engineering
Qualifications Required for Civil & Building Engineering

Civil engineers in Ireland usually qualify with an academic degree studied for over four or five years.

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Posted by: STEPS
Working with CRH plc
Working with CRH plc

CRH plc recruits individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the Company.

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Posted by: CRH plc
Working with ESB
Working with ESB

ESB offer a broad range of opportunities across a number of disciplines including in engineering, finance, legal and IT

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Posted by: ESB
Working with Analog Devices
Working with Analog Devices

Key attractions to working in ADI include health Insurance, bonus plan, pension benefit plan and education assistance program

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Posted by: Analog Devices
Who ESB Recruit
Who ESB Recruit

Whether you're an experienced professional or an individual returning to work, we believe that a career at ESB will set you apart.

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Posted by: ESB
Who Analog Devices Recruit
Who Analog Devices Recruit

Opportunities for people who have finished their leaving certificate exist in manufacturing as Manufacturing Team Members. All of our engineering opportunities require suitable candidates to have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree.

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Posted by: Analog Devices
How ESB Recruit
How ESB Recruit

One of the main opportunities for school leavers is the ESB Apprenticeship Programme. This programme offers you on the job learning as well as classroom based learning. The ESB Graduate Development Programme is widely recognised as one of the best around offering structured rotations, excellent training and development opportunities and professional accreditation.

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Posted by: ESB

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