Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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DT222
Physics Technology

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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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4 Years
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315

2013 Points

315

Change from 2012: 

-5

Points History:

2013 - 320
2012 - 320
2011 - 305
2010 - 300
2009 - 315
2008 - 275
2007 - 270
2006 - 330
2005 - 270
2004 - 265
2003 - 240
2002 - 230
2001 - 265
2000 - 215

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This course covers five options in the first year and students specialise in one for the third year.

The options are: Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry and Maths, Food Science and Food Technology, Maths and Physics, or Physics and Physics Technology.


 
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Physics at Ireland's DIT is active in research areas from nanotechnology & materials science to optics to medical physics and has pioneered Problem Based Learning as a delivery method for undergraduate ordinary and honours Physics degrees.

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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:

FIVE DISTINCTIONS WHICH MUST INCLUDE C20139 5N1833 OR Leaving Certificate Mathematics OB3


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Physics graduates are employed in a diverse range of areas including environmental monitoring, medical physics, lasers and opto-electronics, equipment design, telecommunications, aerospace, research, project management, finance, education, technical writing, meterology, materials science, geophysics, radiation protection, solar physics and many more.



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