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 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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Course Code:
CR052
Title:
Construction
College:
Cork Institute of Technology
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
3 Years

 

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This course aims to give students a sound understanding of the principles of construction and construction materials, together with a good appreciation of management skills and the economics of the industry.



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The technician role involves: The construction of buildings, processing information, assessing the qualities of materials, selection of building materials, ensuring quality in the building process, communication in word and graphics, using IT, assisting in the costing and cost control of the building project. Follow on Diploma available 

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