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James Ryan

Engineer - Chemical

Coillte

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  James Ryan

To have a career in engineering you have to be a problem solver. Engineering involves managing, analysing, communicating and problem solving so it helps to be a versitile individual. My backround is in chemical and process engineering and it would be necessary to have an interest in chemistry, physics, maths and also more practical applications.

I would advise someone who would be interested in a job in engineering to study hard for your leaving certificate and in college and your interest in certain areas should drive you on. If you were interested in a job in Medite you should be a hands on person and very interested in your work. There is a wide variety of work in Medite so you should be able to adapt to deal with what is assigned to you.

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Naval Service Cadet - Engineering

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At a Glance... header image

Enlists into the naval service to train as a Marine Engineering Officer.


The Work header image

The Naval Service is based in Haulbowline, Cobh, Co. Cork. It is a modern and sophisticated multi-tasked organisation operating a fleet of eight ships. The fleet is equipped with state of the art machinery, weapons, communications and navigation systems.  
 
The main role of the Naval Service is as part of the Defence Forces is to deter incidents of aggression against the State and to uphold neutrality. In addition, the day-to-day roles of the Naval Service include fishery protection duties, search and rescue, diving operations and pollution control.  
 
Along with An Garda Siochana and Customs and Excise, the Naval Service is involved in the prevention of the importation of illegal drugs into the country.  
 
Naval Service ships conduct courtesy visits to European Ports and undertake re-supply missions to our United Nations Peacekeeping Troops in Lebanon and Kosovo on a yearly basis. Naval Service personnel may serve overseas with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.  
 
Executive Officers are in charge of the running of the ships routines, missions and crew. They are responsible for the operation of weapons and trained for management. Captains are recruited from these positions.  
 
Engineering Cadet is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of all the ships systems. 


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

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Prepare, or direct the preparation of, product or system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics.

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Inspect marine equipment and machinery to draw up work requests and job specifications.

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Conduct analytical, environmental, operational, or performance studies to develop designs for products, such as marine engines, equipment, and structures.

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Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment.

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Prepare plans, estimates, design and construction schedules, and contract specifications, including any special provisions.

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Investigate and observe tests on machinery and equipment for compliance with standards.

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Coordinate activities with regulatory bodies to ensure repairs and alterations are at minimum cost, consistent with safety.

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Conduct environmental, operational, or performance tests on marine machinery and equipment.

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Prepare technical reports for use by engineering, management, or sales personnel.

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Maintain contact with, and formulate reports for, contractors and clients to ensure completion of work at minimum cost.

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

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

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

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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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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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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.

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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 Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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

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

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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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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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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An Officer in the Navy is in essence a leader with all the responsibilities and management development opportunities that that involves. An Officer must be able to inspire confidence and lead in many different situations. The Officer must also be in good health and be physically fit. Height must be 5' 4'' or over. Normal colour vision is essential. Applicants must complete a detailed medical examination and basic fitness test.


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Organisation: Defence Forces, Recruitment & Competitions Section
  Address: Department of Defence,Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  Tel: 1890 42 65 55
  Email: recruitment@defenceforces.ie
  Url www.military.ie/careers/contact.htm
   

 

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Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

Realist  Investigative  Naturalist 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement

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