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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Applied Physics

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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 provides an understanding of physics, with particular emphasis on modern technological applications.

The course combines academic work, lab work, personal research projects and the exploration of fundamental physics concepts while also teaching technological skills.

Basic foundations of physics are studied in years one and two with third and fourth year offering specialist topics which include instrumentation, nanotechnology, plasma physics and microfluidics.

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DC171 - Applied Physics

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DC171 - Applied Physics
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

Essential Module Requirements:

Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:
C20011 or 5N2747
C20006 or 5N2746
C20048 or 5N1460
C20139 or 5N1833
C20033 or 5N2751

and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833

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A paid industry placement (INTRA) for up to eight months is offered in Year Three.

Graduates enter careers in Electronics, Optoelectonics, Communications, IT, Teaching, Software Engineering, Aerospace, Medical Physics, and Manufacturing.

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