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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.

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AL601
Electronics and Computer Engineering

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

Employment Opportunities
Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
Duration of course
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185

2014 Points

185

Change from 2013: 

-20

Points History:

2013 - 205
2012 - 200
2011 - 155
2010 - 135
2009 - 120
2008 - 125
2007 - 135
2006 - 155
2005 - 155
2004 - 130
2003 - 125
2002 - 120
2001 - 125

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Computer and software engineering involves developing new software and hardware for computers. Students gain the ability to assemble, test, and service computers.

The course covers topics such as computer programming, and servicing, analogue electronics, microprocessors, telecommunications, mathematics, and computing.


 
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AL601 - Electronics and Computer Engineering
Athlone IT

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AL601 - Electronics and Computer Engineering
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This course will accept any FETAC Major award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to view a list of FETAC courses that are from the same career sector. Note you can expand the list by using the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:

C20174 or 5N1833 or LC Maths


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The electronics and computer industries offer many opportunities and you may find employment such as computer servicing, computer repairs and the production of computer-controlled equipment, computer networking equipment and also multimedia technology hardware.



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