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Manufacturing Engineer
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Manufacturing Engineer

A Manufacturing Engineer provides engineering support to deliver enhanced Product and Process Performance Monitoring and Control in the manufacturing process in line with safety, regulatory and organisational requirements.

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, received approval in July 2015 for a new Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship. 

This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes will be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council at the end of May 2016 with training to be available from September 2016 or January 2017.

This is an NFQ Level 7 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 40 places will be available each year.

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This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.

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The Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship is a 3-year programme for a QQI Level 7 Manufacturing Engineer qualification awarded by the HEA.

Apprentice training will include on-site and off-site phases with approximately 15 weeks off site each year. [Full details TBC @ May 2016]

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Personal Qualities header image

An interest in working and learning in the MedTech and Engineering Sector is the basic requirement. [TBC]

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Work Activities header image

  • To provide engineering support to deliver enhanced Product and Process Performance Monitoring and Control in the manufacturing process in line with all safety, regulatory and organizational requirements.
  • Design & develop tools, fixtures, gages and special equipment for manufacturing operations and new product / process introductions in conjunction with Toolroom Technicians and process Engineers.
  • Perform validation qualification of product, process and equipment.
  • Lead and actively participate among cross-functional teams, provide technical support and make informed decisions on hardware and software.
  • Ensure projects are planned and managed to ensure effective utilisation of resources, and ensure projects are delivered on time and to required quality standards
  • Fault-find complex automation equipment.
  • Monitor and analyse opportunities for the development of new or improved too.
  • Collaborate with existing automation team to record process data.
  • ls for process control and process improvement activities.
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Pay & Fees header image

Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.

Entry Requirements header image

Candidates with a minimum grade 60% in Pass Mathematics or higher are sought for this role. Full Entry Requirement Details are yet TBC.

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Getting an Apprenticeship header image

Advertising for the Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship will take place in September 2016 with a commencement date of January 2017.

The application process is currently under development, but it is anticipated that both individual companies and the consortium will advertise through their websites.

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There are many opportunities across the Medical Devices sector  in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Engineers.

IMDA Director Sinead Keogh said: “Employment in manufacturing will be 6,000 higher this year compared to last. But, skill shortages are emerging and need to be urgently addressed. These new apprenticeships will give people new job opportunities and help drive regional growth. Manufacturing is an integral part of the Irish economy and is the second largest employer with 4,000 businesses, both home-grown and international, employing nearly 160,000 people. ” 

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Occupation Data

Engineer - Manufacturing

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