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DK740
Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Systems

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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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This course provides the technical knowledge and techniques for combining microelectronics technology with computer software in order to produce effective working products. There is a large amount of practical work in modern well equipped workshops and laboratories.


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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Must possess at least 1 distinction or 2 Merits

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There are over 60,000 people involved in the Electronic/Electrical area in Ireland, in designing, testing, manufacturing, selling, installing and maintaining equipment. Practically every major electronic and IT company in the world has a presence in Ireland including Apple, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Analog Devices, Xilinx, etc. You may work for one of these major companies.

Alternatively you may find yourself in Eircom, the ESB or BT. You may become an installation/maintenance Engineer in a biotech, chemical or other manufacturing facility or even in the Army, Garda Siochana, Local Authority or government department



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