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You need experience in the accounting function for this particular job, especially financial accounting. You have to be able to work closely with others in a team and within cross funtional teams. You need to be qualified as an accountant. and to have to have numerical skills.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Building Services Engineering

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

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Building Services Engineers deal with the design, installation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems within buildings. These systems include heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, energy management, water supply, drainage, fire prevention, lighting, electrical supply and control. They also deal with renewable energy technologies and determine the energy performance of buildings.

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WD040 - Building Services Engineering
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WD040 - Building Services Engineering
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Job Opportunities

  • Design and Consulting engineers

  • Building Services contractors

  • Facilities Management

  • Energy Management

  • Technical sales

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