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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


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The course aims to provide students with a solid intellectual formation in Theology. The scope of the course is wide, covering the range of the main theological subjects, so that students are introduced both to the breadth of the Catholic tradition and to the variety of questions raised for Theology at the present time. A smaller number of issues are treated more intensively. Students of the course should develop a wellinformed understanding and a deep personal appropriation of the Christian faith.

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MU002 - Theology
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

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MU002 - Theology
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ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
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EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
CAGXX  5M2373  Agriculture
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ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
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BMANX  6M4587  Management

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Some graduates of the BA in Theology enter into the teaching profession, both at second and third level.

Some of our graduates have entered into the following careers:

  • Social Work
  • Administration
  • Public / Private Sectors
  • School Chaplaincy
  • Third Level Chaplaincy
  • Parish Administration
  • Religious Project Co-ordinator
  • Community Development
  • Pastoral Care
  • Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Research Administrator
  • Librarian

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