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Engineer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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Automated Test Engineer
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€28 - 65 
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Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.


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The Work header image

Note: For information on the many branches of engineering, please click here

Engineers apply scientific principles to come up with creative solutions to practical problems. Their work is very diverse and impacts on all our lives - not just through areas such as construction, manufacturing, processing, communications, transport and fuel, but also through engineers' development of medical technology.  
 
Engineers have shaped much of the modern world. They have helped to give us roads, bridges, dams, televisions, personal computers, the mobile phone, nuclear power stations, reservoirs, pipelines and microchips etc.  

Whatever area an engineer is working in, they may be able to specialise, for example, in design, research, systems, or control. Engineers make improvements to the efficiency, cost, safety and reliability of the products they are working on.  
 
The work carried out by engineers is wide and varied. At any stage of a project, an engineer might be involved in: planning the project, carrying out feasibility studies, building and testing prototypes, research, diagnostic studies to find causes of problems, client meetings, site visits and report writing.  
 
Engineers have to take account of factors like cost and the quality of materials. Increasingly, the need to protect the environment is a vital part of engineering.  
 
Engineers spend much of their time working in teams. They may need to work in an office, in a laboratory or 'on-site', depending on the nature of the project they are working on and what stage the work has reached. They often use computer-aided design (CAD) techniques.  
 
Branches of Engineering include - Aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, industrial, mechanical and nuclear.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.

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Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.

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Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.

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Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.

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Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.

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Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.

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Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.

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Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.

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Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.

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Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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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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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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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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Monitoring and Controlling Resources:  Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.


Knowledge header image

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

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

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


Skillsheader image

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

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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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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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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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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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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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.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an engineer, you need to have technical ability and an interest in mathematics, science and technology.  
 
You must be able to combine an analytical, logical approach with creativity and imagination to solve problems.  
 
Engineers must be able to work as part of a team. The ability to encourage other people's ideas is important, and you must also be flexible and able to compromise. You will need strong communication skills to write reports and to explain complex engineering information to people from non-technical backgrounds. You must have good presentation skills. You must be able to prioritise and plan effectively.  
 
You will need organisational skills to plan your own time and to co-ordinate resources. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential. You should be able to work alone or as part of a team. You should also be able to work within the constraints of a budget.  
 
Engineers must have good information technology skills because a lot of engineering work involves computers.  
 
You should be willing to keep up-to-date with advances in technology in this fast-changing area.


Entry Routesheader image

Entry to the Engineering profession is generally through an accredited degree.

Almost all of the Institutes of Technology and Universities offer relevant engineering courses.  However, there is more than one route you can take:

The most direct way into engineering is to take an Honours Degree (Level 8) Engineering course as offered by almost all third level colleges and universities throughout the country. You can specialise the engineering areas you are most interested in from the start of the 4-year course.

It is also possible to take a general course in engineering in year one or two and then choose an area to specialise in for third and fourth year.

Selection into engineering courses is on the basis of Leaving Cert results and the CAO ‘points system’.

A higher Leaving Cert grade in maths, together with a science subject is normally required for entry to engineering courses. Agricultural Science is accepted as a science subject for many programmes, but always check the specific course entry requirements.  

It is possible to take a Higher Certificate course in engineering at an Institute of Technology without having higher maths or even a science subject in the Leaving Cert. These are two year courses leading to a Level 5/6 qualification as an Engineering Technician. Specialised technician courses are offered in many colleges for all of the engineering disciplines outlined. You could opt to work as a technician with this qualification or proceed to an ordinary degree (Level 7) and then follow on to an honours degree (Level 8).

There are many specialist courses available reflecting the different areas of engineering, from, mechanical, electrical/electronic, aeronautical, chemical automotive, civil, structural, systems, to mechatronic control and engineering design.  

Last Updated: February, 2015


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Organisation: STEPS - Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  Tel: (01) 665 1340
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