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Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)

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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Mechanical 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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Mechanical engineering education and training involves learning how to creatively apply a strong scientific, mathematical and practical basis to the design of safe, reliable, environmentally sound and cost effective systems and equipment.

Students are exposed to a wide range of laboratory and practical mechanical engineering tasks that complement the theoretical modules.

During Year 1 of the programme, students undertake a wide range of practical skills including welding, metal fabrication, machining, technical drawing, computing and experimental work. These practical lifelong learning skills are developed further in year 3 of the programme when students undertake an individual project, combining research, design, mechanical development, testing, analysis, presentation and report writing skills.

The Mechanical Engineering Department places great emphasis on independent learning and learners develop their skills in this area through project work, independent assignments and team work activities. Students are encouraged to visit Industries as part of their studies and report on their findings to their peers and lecturers.

This three-year full-time programme prepares learners for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) degree award. At the start of the third year, learners are offered a choice; Process Plant Technology or Manufacturing Technology.

Those who have successfully completed the programme satisfy the academic requirements for Associate Membership grade of Engineers Ireland.

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DT006 - Mechanical Engineering

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DT006 - Mechanical Engineering
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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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Mechanical Engineering technologists are involved in the design, prototyping, manufacture and installation of all types of plant and equipment ranging from small individual components to complete factories or process plants. Graduates have excellent prospects of employment with manufacturing, research, consulting and processing organisations along with state and semi-state agencies.

Mechanical Engineers design products and systems essential to everyday modern life-from home appliances, motor vehicles, to satellites, wheelchairs, airplanes, robots, energy equipment, fuel cells, industrial equipment and environmental control systems.

Many students combine the broad technical knowledge gained in their undergraduate studies with further study in Mechanical Engineering. Students can advance to the Third year of the Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (DT022) on completion of DT006.


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After her Leaving Cert, Lynsey chose to do a Mechanical Engineering course in DIT. She had taken work experience in IBM during the summer months, and applied for a position there when one became available after she Graduated. She chose the Manufacturing Process option in Year 2 of the course and now works as a Manufacturing Process Engineer.
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