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The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is more of a life style than a job.

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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Engineering Systems Maintenance

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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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Engineering Systems Maintenance is a course which prepares graduates to work in a mechanical /manufacturing/electrical and engineering maintenance environment.

This course addresses the demand in modern industry for an integrated multi-skilled, flexible maintenance technologist, with expertise in the fields of electrical, mechanical, fluid power and computer applications.

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DT002 - Engineering Systems Maintenance

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DT002 - Engineering Systems Maintenance
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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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CCTXX    Control Technology
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology
CITXX    Information Technology
CMTXX  5M2145  Motor Technology

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Engineering Systems Maintenance is an engineering activity which allows graduates to work in a mechanical /manufacturing/electrical engineering maintenance environment in high-tech multi-national companies as well as traditional indigenous industries and public utilities.

The option of self-employment is also a feasible and attractive one.

Graduates of the course will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to operate effectively in an environment where diagnostic and applied engineering skills will be valued and rewarded.

Students who have reached the appropriate level in final examinations and meet certain subject perquisites may have the opportunity to access honours degree programmes at the Year 3 level in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Those who qualify with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree meet the Technician Engineer level requirement of Engineers Ireland and can qualify for the Associateship grade of membership after they have completed a suitable period of practical training.

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of the programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will receive a Higher Certificate award.

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