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Horticulturist

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Instrument Craftsperson

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€13k > 35 
Instrument Craftsperson
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 35 
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Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 26 - 35
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Last Updated: November, 2014

* 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

Maintains, services and repairs instruments like gauges, clocks and meters used in industry and manufacturing equipment. 


The Work header image

The work of instrumentation craftworkers involves the maintenance and repair of all instruments used in the measurement and control of process variables (e.g. in the chemical industry to measure and control the temperature, pressure and flow, as appropriate, in various points of the process). The work also involves the mechanical, electrical repair and calibration of indicators, controllers, recorders and transmitters.  
 
Instrumentation craftspersons are employed in the following areas  
- Installation of measurement and control equipment in pharmaceutical, food and other industries.  
- Maintenance of the instrumentation equipment in these industries.  
- Sales of instrumentation equipment

A typical instrumentation system would be used for monitoring and controlling the pressure/temperature/flow/pH of water, oil, steam, acids, air or food products. The equipment is a combination of electrical/electronic/mechanical components.

 


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You need to be able to read, understand and analyse engineering drawings. Good number skills are important to make precise measurements and make calculations.  
 
A practical approach to problem-solving is necessary. You need to work logically and plan your work.  
 
Co-ordination and hand skills are important for using a wide range of machine tools, hand tools and other equipment.


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