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


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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.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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St. John's Central College

Sustainable Energy Building Systems

Code:  CCONT
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Engineer - Structural   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer   Surveyor  
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Site Technician   Sheet Metal Worker/Plater  
Facilities Manager   Site Engineer  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Welder  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Building Technician  
Geomatics Surveyor   Stonemason  
Scaffolder   Plumber  
Plasterer   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Army Apprentice   Construction Plant Fitter  
Engineer - Civil   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
Surveyor - Construction / Building   Engineer - Building Services  
Bricklayer   Electrician  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Tiler/Fitter   Painter / Decorator  
Insurance Surveyor   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Engineer - Mining / Geological   Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster  
Geologist   Solar Physicist  
Environmental Chemist   Gas Engineer  
Hydrologist   Atmospheric Scientist  
Geoscientist   Energy Manager/Consultant  
Soil Scientist   Engineer - Water  
Engineer - Environmental   Environmental Consultant  
Engineer - Energy   Environmental Technician  
Environmental Health Officer   Environmental Officer  
Surveyor - Minerals / Mining    

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
Earth Science & Environment
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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