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 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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Industrial Electrical Engineer
In Summary header image

Industrial Electrical Engineer

This is one of the 25 proposed / new apprenticeship programmes approved by the Apprenticeship Council.

It is the second of the new degree-level programmes approved for apprentices.

The Industrial Electrical Engineer is a 2 year progression programme - entry is for qualified electricians. The award on completion will be a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Electrical Engineering (Level 7). 

The new LIT Industrial Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship was launched on 29th November 2016.

This apprenticeship is specifically designed as a progression programme for Qualified Electricians who wish to upskill and to acquire advanced knowledge, competences and skills to move into engineering roles in Industry. 

Proposer / provider: Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)


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Two-year Bachelor of Engineering (industrial electrical engineering) at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

It is an add-on, at Level 7, designed for those who are already qualified electricians, and to meet the particular needs of the electrical, engineering, automation and manufacturing employers in the region.

Students will spend 70 per cent of the time on the job, with two 15-week college-based blocks at Limerick IT over the two years.


Personal Qualities header image

Entrants to this professional apprenticeship programme must be qualified electricians who wish to upskill and acquire advanced knowledge, competences and skills to move into engineering roles in Industry.


Work Activities header image

This programme was designed to meet the particular needs of the electrical, engineering, automation and manufacturing employers in the Limerick region.

The programme involves a 24 month apprenticeship contract, with an employer, where 70% of time is spent on the job, and two 15-week blocks are spent at LIT.

In line with the needs of Industry, the programme includes seven modules addressing industrial communications, collaborative working and work-based learning.

Whilst on the job, the apprentice will be supported by an Industry Mentor and an Academic. These will support the development of the apprentice’s portfolio of learning and the completion of a significant industry-based project.


Pay & Fees header image

This is an earn and learn programme made up of alternative stages of on-the job and on-block training and education.


Entry Requirements header image

This is a 2 year progression programme - entry is for qualified electricians.

A level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Electrical Engineering will be awarded on completion.

It is specifically designed as a progression programme for Qualified Electricians who wish to upskill and to acquire advanced knowledge, competences and skills to move into engineering roles.


Getting an Apprenticeship header image

Companies with apprentices participating in first cohort of the programme include:

Johnson & Johnson Visioncare (Vistakon), Limerick.

Kirby Engineering, Limerick.

Kostal, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.

Analog Devices, Limerick.

H&MV Engineering, Limerick.

O'Keeffe Electrical, Ennis, Co Clare.

Molex, Shannon, Co Clare.

Specialist Technical Engineering Services (STS), Waterford.

BMC Manufacturing, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Reach Active, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.


Career Opportunities header image

This programme was designed to meet the particular needs of the electrical, engineering, automation and manufacturing employers in the Limerick region.



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