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  Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).
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Production Manager - Engineering

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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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Responsible for the day to day tasks involved in keeping an engineering production process working safely and efficiently.


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

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Inspect crops, fields, or plant stock to determine conditions and need for cultivating, spraying, weeding, or harvesting.

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Assign duties, such as cultivation, irrigation, or harvesting of crops or plants, product packaging or grading, or equipment maintenance.

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Observe workers to detect inefficient or unsafe work procedures or to identify problems, initiating corrective action as necessary.

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Review employees' work to evaluate quality and quantity.

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Prepare and maintain time or payroll reports, as well as details of personnel actions, such as performance evaluations, hires, promotions, or disciplinary actions.

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Plan or supervise infrastructure or collection maintenance functions, such as planting, fertilizing, pest or weed control, or landscaping.

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Prepare reports regarding farm conditions, crop yields, machinery breakdowns, or labor problems.

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Requisition or purchase supplies, such as insecticides, machine parts or lubricants, or tools.

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Estimate labor requirements for jobs and plan work schedules accordingly.

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Direct or assist with the adjustment or repair of farm equipment or machinery.

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

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

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Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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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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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

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

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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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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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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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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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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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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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

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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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Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Realist  Investigative  Administrative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Building, Construction & Property
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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