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We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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LM116
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.

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Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, maintenance and development of machines and equipment, ranging from jet engines to minute instruments used in medicine and surgery.

Mechanical Engineering is a very broadly based discipline and students following the degree programme are prepared for careers in many industrial sectors, including such diverse areas as Energy, Chemical Processing, Research, Manufacturing, Design Consultancy, Materials Processing and Aviation. The Mechanical Engineering Degree programme aims not only to give you a thorough background in fundamental Mechanical Engineering subjects but also allows specialisation in one of a number of areas of particular relevance to Irish industry.


 
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Careers open to you with a degree in Mechanical Engineering include;

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Project Manager (Site Engineer)

Recent graduates of the programme have found jobs in areas such as;

  • Mechanical Design in automotive, ICT, process, pharmaceutical, aerospace, biomedical and manufacturing industries
  • Optimisation and design of energy systems
  • Project Management
  • Aerodynamics
  • Materials and Structural Analysis
  • Research and Development
  • Consultancy
  • Design, Operation and Optimisation of Power Generation Systems
  • Control of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Processes



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Damien Mason 2
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Damien Mason studied Mechanical Engineering in the University of Limerick. He is now working as a Mechanical Engineer for Irish Cement and is based in Drogheda.
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After his Leaving Cert, John attended Cork IT where he completed a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to complete the Degree in University of Limerick. He applied for a position of graduate engineer with ESBI just before his final year ended and got the job shortly afterwards.
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