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Electronic Engineer

Intel

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For my particular job role, as a yield analysis engineer, good organization and communication skills are quite important. Along with having the technical knowledge, being able to properly communicate your ideas/findings is very important. A lot of my day is spent dealing with other people in the factory and it is very important to be able to communicate efficiently with them.
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CK408
Physics and Astrophysics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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If you are passionate about how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics, you should study physics – the study of the universe, from the largest galaxies to matter itself. 

Physics and technologies developed by physicists play a major role in chemistry, biology, medicine, electronics, geology, and in the applied fields of optics, nanotechnology, computer science and engineering.

Students may specialise in either astrophysics, physics, science education (physics route), applied maths and physics (joint honours), or maths and physics (joint honours).


 
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CK408 - Physics and Astrophysics
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CK408 - Physics and Astrophysics
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CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CETXX    Electronic Technology

Essential Module Requirements:

Must have distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include four of the following modules:
C20048 or 5N1460
C20139 or 5N1833

Plus two of:
C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
C20011 or 5N2747
C20016 or 5N1606
C20018 or 5N1774
C20033 or 5N2751

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Course aims to produce graduates with a strong Physics Background but with a specialist knowledge of Astrophysics see college site for details. Our students have an excellent track record in both career development following graduation and in postgraduate study



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