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An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.
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Manufacturing Technician
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Manufacturing Technician

A Manufacturing Technician provides a technical service to produce product per organisational needs in line with all 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 Technician 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 5/6 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 64 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 Technician Apprenticeship is a 2-year programme resulting in a QQI Level 6 qualification in Manufacturing Technology 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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An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering Sector. 

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Working as a team member to provide a technical service to produce product per organisational needs in line with all safety, regulatory and organiational requirements, the work of a Manufacturing Technician includes:

  • Preparing equipment, work areas and materials and ensuring/verifying readiness of manual, automated and ancillary equipment.
  • Operation and technical support of manual, automated assembly and ancillary equipment.
  • Troubleshooting and repair of day to day manufacturing issues which may impact on efficiencies, safety or quality.
  • Performing routine calibration on equipment.
  • Operating of measuring equipment and other advanced metrology equipment.
  • Support product development, validation and improvement projects.
  • Documentation of all activities in line with GMP requirements.
  • Cross train within the team and training of new members.
  • Ability to work on own initiative
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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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Advertising for the Manufacturing Technician 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 opportunities across the Medical Devices sector in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Technicians.

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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