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Electronic Engineer

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If your a logical thinker, like a challenge and are constantly trying to improve your understanding and knowledge then this is the job for you.

This job covers a very broad range of IC's (integrated circuits) which are used in various applications like mobile phones, cars etc. and everyday can be a new challenge or experience.

If you like taking things apart and seeing how they work then you'll really enjoy working in electronics.

Good organisational and presentation /communication skills are a nice bonus!

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Engineer - Civil

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Civil Engineer
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€22 - 55 
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Last Updated: April, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Works on the design and construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.


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Ivan Magee
Property Manager  

Ivan Magee is a Property Manager with Lidl. He studied Civil Engineering in DIT Bolton St., whilst gaining work experience in construction and the theory of engineering design. Ivan left site engineering for a more diversified role, towards moving into Project Management, a typical career progression route for engineers.

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Maria O'Neill
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Maria works as an Assistant Resident Engineer supervising a water supply scheme for the Local Authorities. She did her Leaving Cert in St. David's in Greystones, and went on to UCD to complete a Civil Engineering Degree.

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The Work header image

Civil engineers work in offices and sometimes on building sites. Office duties include computer modelling of all kinds of extreme events such as floods in rivers and traffic jams on bridges. Civil engineering has many sub disciplines such as Structural Engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, and hydraulic engineering. It is the broadest of the engineering fields.  
 
Civil Engineers also supervise technicians making detailed drawings for use on-site, write and check specifications for projects, plan work and keep records of progress, plant stock and finance. They must decide what the best materials are for a job and also what sort services are needed to service a building.  
 
Most large projects involve multi-disciplinary design teams that can include Civil Engineers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Building Service Engineers and occasionally specialists such as Geologists, Ecologists and Archaeologists.  
 
When a construction project is under way, Civil engineers on-site are responsible for making sure that the work is being carried out according to the designs, plans and estimated time scale. They are therefore involved in extensive liaising with the other disciplines and with the client and/or contractor, local landowners and the public. 

They use specialist equipment to survey the site to make sure that construction work is being carried out in the right place and that the structure is safe; for example that steel reinforcement is correctly in place. They also supervise construction workers and engineering technicians.

Municipal Engineering

Municipal engineering is a branch of civil engineering. It deals with the public services controlled by local authorities, central government, water companies and nationalised industries. It includes operation and maintenance of road and traffic systems, street lighting, public buildings, coastal protection, water supply and the disposal of sewage and refuse. They also gather and analyze data on municipal projects and prepare reports.  
 
Municipal engineers are mainly involved in design work for construction projects. They must consider the impact that the scheme will have on the environment at this stage. They may conduct ground surveys and produce detailed designs before preparing a contract so that engineering companies can bid for the work. Computers are an essential tool in this work. Municipal engineers then manage the construction project by supervising the contractors and by making sure that the work is being carried out according to the specifications in the contract. 

Municipal engineers also have a monitoring role. They are involved in reviewing road parking and street lighting, for example, and they must identify possible changes as well as new schemes. They then advise on the services that are needed and talk to the public and central government. Most municipal engineers specialize in an area like construction, environment, hydraulics or transportation. They create plans on computers which test and predict problems with the structure

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Manage and direct staff members and the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.

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Provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modifications and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel.

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Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.

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Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.

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Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.

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Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.

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Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems and structures, following construction and government standards, using design software and drawing tools.

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Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects.

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Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.

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Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a civil engineer you will work as in a team with a number of people including other engineers, sub-contractors, clients, quantity surveyors and local authorities.  
 
You will need to keep up-to-date with the latest materials, methods and techniques in design and construction. Computers are often used to calculate dimensions, produce accurate drawings, keep records and help plan the order of work. A good understanding of maths and physics is beneficial. You must be able to delegate work and work to schedule  
 
Civil engineers also need to cope with and solve any problems or difficulties that may arise on-site.


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
  Email: info@engineers.ie
  Url www.engineersireland.ie
   


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