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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Design and Manufacture

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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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4 Years
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This course will cover a range of subjects in fundamental design, automation, operations management, computer-aided engineering methods and materials processes. This course will follow the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) innovative education framework so that you will get first hand practical experience and can solve real problems.

The modules during the first year are common to Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Aided Engineering and Design. 

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LM116 - Design and Manufacture
University of Limerick

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LM116 - Design and Manufacture
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Graduates from this programme follow a broad range of career paths including;

  • Mechanical Design for Biomedical, ICT, Process, Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing Industries
  • Optimisation and Design of Energy Systems
  • Project Management
  • Materials and Structural Analysis
  • Research and Development
  • Consultancy
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Computer aided engineering

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Sinead Kenny works with Creganna in Galway as a Design Engineer in the Medical Device Sector. She did a degree in Material Science from the University of Limerick where she continued with her studies and was awarded a PhD in Biomedical Cements.
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