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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Mechatronics is defined as a combination of mechanics and electronics which is controlled by computers. This includes designing robots or machines for various purposes; from the space rovers which explore planets, to auto-focusing digital cameras.

Mechatronics shares its first year with Electronic Engineering SG 337, Mechanical Engineering SG 333 and Engineering Management SG 332.

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IT Sligo - Mechatronics

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SG334 - Mechatronics
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SG334 - Mechatronics
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C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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The demand for people with training in the combination of electronic, mechanical and control engineering, together with an emphasis on teamwork, continues unabated, as one would expect, since this is the bedrock of modern industry.

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