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Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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  Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Stonemason

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€20k > 49 
Stonemason
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 49 
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Last Updated: April, 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

Works with stone to construct stone walls, floors, pavements, or other stone structures.


The Work header image

Stone and brick restorers and cleaners use a variety of different methods to remove layers of dirt and grime from the exterior walls of buildings. They may wash the stonework with substances such as acid or they can spray the surface with very strong jets of steam or water. They may also use high-tech laser cleaning equipment, particularly in conservation projects.  
 
They point and seal damaged brick or stonework using mortar or other fillings. They may insert wire to strengthen the stonework. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Lay out wall patterns or foundations, using straight edge, rule, or staked lines.

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Shape, trim, face and cut marble or stone preparatory to setting, using power saws, cutting equipment, and hand tools.

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Set vertical and horizontal alignment of structures, using plumb bob, gauge line, and level.

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Mix mortar or grout and pour or spread mortar or grout on marble slabs, stone, or foundation.

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Remove wedges, fill joints between stones, finish joints between stones, using a trowel, and smooth the mortar to an attractive finish, using a tuck pointer.

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Set stone or marble in place, according to layout or pattern.

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Clean excess mortar or grout from surface of marble, stone, or monument, using sponge, brush, water, or acid.

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Lay brick to build shells of chimneys and smokestacks or to line or reline industrial furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations.

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Replace broken or missing masonry units in walls or floors.

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Smooth, polish, and bevel surfaces, using hand tools and power tools.

Work Activities header image

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

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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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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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

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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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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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


Knowledge header image

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

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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.

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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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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.


Skillsheader image

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

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

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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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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a stone and brick restorer or cleaner you need to be physically fit and strong as the work involves bending, stretching, lifting and working at heights. You need to be able to work both alone and in a team. You also need to be neat, accurate and have an eye for visual effect.  
 
A driving licence will be an asset.  
 
This career will not be suitable for those with dust or chemical allergies.


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..Masonry Team Leader - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Stonemason - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Stonemason - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
  Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 77 61804
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: The Heritage Council
  Address: Church Lane, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 777 0777
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: OPW - The Office of Public Works
  Address: Head Office Jonathan Swift Street Trim Co. Meath C15 NX36
  Tel: (046) 942 6000
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: National Monuments Service
  Address: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Custom House Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 888 2178
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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