Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


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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Electronic Engineering

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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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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3 Years
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This programme will equip students with a practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of software engineering so they can play an important role in electronic, software and telecommunication companies. 

In the third year of the programme students are provided with a major hardware or software project which constitutes an important element of the programme and is designed to develop project management and communications skills in addition to the technical requirements.


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Electronic engineering, like electrical engineering, is concerned with electrical systems. However, electronic engineering is more concerned with light current systems, where electricity is used as a carrier of information, such as computers, televisions, CD players, etc.

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TA216 - Electronic Engineering
IT Tallaght

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TA216 - Electronic 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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Essential Module Requirements:
C20174 or C20175 or C20139 or 5N1833 or 6N3395 at Distinction Level (or OC1 in LCE Maths)

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ICT industries are likely to form the main source of employment.  Most companies involved in the high technology sector rely on people with engineering skills to function as a creative and innovative element of the workforce and in addition a range of service industries, including mobile phones, rail transport and aviation, also rely heavily on electronic engineers.

There is clear evidence that there are shortages of engineering personnel right across the board.  As industry recovers in the coming years due to a recovery in performance of the pharmaceutical, medical devices, semiconductor and IT sectors the demands for technologists will be strong with employers experiencing difficulties in sourcing engineers able to work with advanced technology systems.

The main skill set identified for a technologist include:

  • Knowledge of software development skills
  • Technical expertise from several perspectives
  • Knowledge of analysis techniques
  • Project management skills
  • Very good practical based skills 

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