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Elva Bannon

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  Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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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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St. Conleth's Community College

Pre-Science - Applied Biology - Food, Health & Nutrition


Code:  CASFX
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Agricultural Officer   Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food  
Food Scientist   Geotechnician  
Food Technologist   Food Safety Consultant  
Landscape Manager   Landscape Scientist  
Horticultural Scientist   Arborist  
Cartographer    Forester - Professional  
Brewer   Farmer - Dairy  
Agricultural Scientist   Horticultural Manager  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Groundsperson  
Agricultural Adviser   Farm Manager  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Hazardous Waste Specialist  
Agricultural Inspector   Production Manager - Manufacturing  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager   Toxicologist  
Molecular Biologist   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Water Treatment Plant Operator   Microbiologist  
Pharmacist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Production Planner  
Research Scientist   Botanist  
Engineer - Sterilisation   Engineer - Biomedical  

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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.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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Progression Routes

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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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CASFX 

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