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.

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John Oliver

Engineer - Development

Hewlett-Packard

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  John Oliver
Your education should be in mostly the areas of science and engineering. You should have an interest in solving problems. Design skills would be of benefit. You should have your own initiative and have the confidence to present information and results in front of a technical or management team on a regular basis. You need to communicate with a wide range of people both within the Irish site and world-wide to get the job done. You need to be willing to ask questions and be in charge of your own development.
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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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DC162
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.

Career Opportunities
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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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480

2014 Points

480

Change from 2013: 

5

Points History:

2013 - 475
2012 - 470
2011 - 425
2010 - 380
2009 - 370
2008 - 360
2007 - 355
2006 - 350
2005 - 360
2004 - 350
2003 - 335
2002 - 365
2001 - 365
2000 - 305

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The focus of this course is on the application of chemistry to industry, especially in the pharmaceutical sector.

In year 3, students specialise in a chemical option (environmental chemistry, new materials, or molecular modelling) or a pharmaceutical option (drug therapy, drug design, or applied pharmaceutical).


 
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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:

Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:

  • C20011 or 5N2747
  • C20006 or 5N2746
  • C20048 or 5N1460
  • C20139 or 5N1833
  • C20033 or 5N2751

and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833


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Details of the 2013/14 scoring system and a FETAC calculator can be found HERE

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Career positions including

  • process chemist
  • development chemist
  • research
  • chemist/scientist in sectors such as the pharmaceutical, plastics, food and drink, brewing, materials, environmental assessment, and veterinary industries.



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