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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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Engineer - Manufacturing

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

Related Experience
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.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€25k > 60 
Manufacturing Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 60 
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Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: April, 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.
Shortage Indicator

A shortage of Manufacturing engineers for the areas of project, process, electronics, and field services is reported in the National Skills Bulletin 2015.

9%
Occupational Category

Production, Process, Design & Development Engineers

Also included in this category:

Production engineers; chemical engineers; industrial engineers; process engineers; design engineers; development engineers

Number Employed:

4,900

Part time workers: 2%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 96 / 4%
Non-Nationals: 15%
With Third Level: 97%
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At a Glance... header image

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.


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1Total Records: 6

Chloe Kinsella
Engineer - Carbon  

Chloe Kinsella is a Carbon Specialist with ESBI.  She studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded a Gold Medal for coming first in her year.  She joined ESB International on their Graduate Training Programme and started work in the Carbon Solutions Team. 

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Darryl Day
IQ Engineer  

Darryl is currently an IQ Engineer working in the construction of the new FAB 14 building. Darryl's love for school subjects like Maths and Physics helped him with everyday problem solving and analytical skills that are essential for his current engineering roles. After completing a Degree in Physics he undertook a Masters in DCU. He started as a manufacturing process engineer and thrives on the combination of teamwork and advanced technology that Intel provides.

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Rebecca Tighe
Process Engineer  

Rubecca graduated from TCD with a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. She applied to Intel after leaving college through their online jobs applications system, and successfully secured a job as a Process Engineer. Now she works in the hi-tech clean rooms producing the computer chips used everyday across the globe.

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John Smith
Engineer - Process  

John works as a Process Engineer at Intel's production facilities in Leixlip, Co Kildare. He completed an Honours Degree in Chemistry at NUI Galway, and went on to do a PhD also in that college. His PhD was in physical chemistry as opposed to organic/inorganic chemistry and this facilitated his current work on semi-conductor processing at Intel

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Peter LaComber
Consulting Engineer  

Peter LaComber graduated from UCD as a Mechanical Engineer and is working as a Senior Consulting Engineer for Irish Cement. He has held a variety of roles over the last 11 years in the company and is now Plant Liaison Manager for the Kiln 3 construction project in Drogheda.

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Lynsey Gargan
Manufacturing Engineer  
After her Leaving Cert, Lynsey chose to do a Mechanical Engineering course in DIT. She had taken work experience in IBM during the summer months, and applied for a position there when one became available after she Graduated. She chose the Manufacturing Process option in Year 2 of the course and now works as a Manufacturing Process Engineer.
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The Work header image

Modern engineering systems are large and complex. They include telecommunications networks, defence systems, air traffic control systems, and manufacturing production plants. They are all made up of tightly or loosely connected building blocks.  
 
Systems engineers are responsible for the smooth running of the system as a whole. They may be involved at all stages of the system, including research and design, manufacturing, repairs, maintenance and marketing or they may be assigned to one particular area. Systems engineering isn't just about knowledge of different engineering disciplines - it is about making complex systems work by taking account of all the factors involved. These include specifications and targets, the evolution of systems over time, the processes and methods involved, and economic, safety and quality considerations.  
 
Systems engineers usually have an in-depth knowledge of one specialist area, although it is essential that they have a broad knowledge of many subjects, like electronics, mechanics, ergonomics and computer software. A typical engineering system involves many different types of engineer working together as a team; the systems engineer must be able to understand and support the work of all the different team members.  
 
Systems engineers need a broad knowledge because they often manage projects; this may involve leading teams made up of engineers from different backgrounds. Systems engineers have a wide-ranging involvement at all stages of the system's development. For example, they may do feasibility studies, train customer technicians, and provide support in case the system breaks down. They have to understand both the manufacturer and operators' point of view. Systems engineers may also work with sales and marketing departments.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve products or reduce costs using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.

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Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods.

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Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.

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Incorporate new methods and processes to improve existing operations.

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Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.

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Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.

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Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.

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Train production personnel in new or existing methods.

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Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.

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Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.

Work Activities header image

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

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

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

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess 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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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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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.


Knowledge header image

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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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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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.


Skillsheader image

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

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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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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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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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

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Equipment Selection:   Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

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

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Technology Design:   Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

If you enjoy sorting out problems by taking an overview and looking at all the different factors, systems engineering could be worth thinking about as a career. You should also enjoy organising work and other activities into manageable chunks so that you get effective results. You should possess good analytical skills.  
 
As well as being methodical and creative, it's just as important to have good interpersonal skills. If you've got leadership potential it will come in very useful in systems engineering. You should also enjoy working as part of a team and have good computer skills


Entry Routesheader image

Manufacturing engineers have typically completed an appropriate engineering degree, generally at honours level. A masters qualification (M.Eng) may also be required.

Manufacturing engineers come from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds, including electrical and electronic, mechanical, chemical, telecommunications and aeronautical engineering.  
 
All of the Universities and Institutes of Technology throughout the country offer engineering degree programmes. Candidates should check course details for full information.

FE Route

Numeous Further Education courses are available at Level 5 & 6 that will prepare participants for entry to Higher Education degree programmes in this area e.g.

New Apprenticeship Route 2016

A new Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship has now received approval and apprenticeship training is set to commence recruitment in Autumn 2016. Details here.

Last Updated: October, 2015


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Engineer, manufacturing and production - from:  GradIreland
Go..Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering - from:  STEPS
Go..Manufacturing Engineer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Manufacturing Systems Engineer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Principal Manufacturing Engineer - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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