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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Dry Cleaning Assistant

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At a Glance... header image

Dry cleaning assistants deal with customers, sort out clothes, and operate cleaning equipment, such as a steam press or dry cleaning machine.


The Work header image

Dry cleaning assistants work in dry-cleaning shops and industrial laundries. They accept clothes from customers and check for stains and damage. They also deal with clothes and linen from organisations like hotels and hospitals.  
 
Assistants in shops meet customers face-to-face. When a customer brings in something to be cleaned - for example, a jacket - the assistant examines it and explains to the customer what the cleaning treatment will be, how long it will take and how much it will cost. The assistant tags the item for identification, takes the customer's contact details and gives the customer a collection ticket.  
 
Most dry-cleaning shops are 'self-contained' - they can clean most items on site. The assistants sort items for cleaning, load and unload the cleaning machines, and remove stains by hand. To remove stains in this way the assistant puts chemicals directly (but very carefully) onto the stain. Once an item is clean the assistant presses or irons it. Finally they put the item on a hanger, or fold it neatly, and cover it (usually with plastic) to protect it from dust. It is then stored, ready for the customer to collect.  

Those who work in industrial laundries may do normal laundry work as well as dry cleaning.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.

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Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.

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Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.

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Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.

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Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.

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Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.

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Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.

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Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.

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Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.

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Inspect soiled articles to determine sources of stains, to locate color imperfections, and to identify items requiring special treatment.

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

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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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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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

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


Knowledge header image

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

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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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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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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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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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

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

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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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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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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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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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

There can be a lot of lifting and bending in this job - loading and unloading machines - and you'll spend most of the day on your feet. Also it's a job where you'll come into contact with chemicals and the fumes of chemicals. If you have any allergies, breathing problems or skin complaints, you should find out first whether the chemicals would affect you.  
 
Whether you work in a shop or an industrial laundry, you should be able to get on well with people. As well as getting on with your own work, you'll work in a team and take instructions from a supervisor or shop manager. If you want to work in a shop, you should be polite and friendly, and able to explain things clearly.  
 
The ability to work fast and pay attention to detail is very important.


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