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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Portlaoise College

Portlaoise College

Engineering Technology


Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This is a full-time course designed to meet the needs of people interested in a career in engineering. This one year pre-engineering course is a foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in electronic or mechanical engineering in a Third Level Institution.

The one year pre-engineering course aims to equip students with the necessary practical skills for employment in the engineering industry or as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in electronic or mechanical engineering in a Third Level Institution.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Engineering Workshop Processes
Customer Service
Mathematics
Work Experience
Computer aided Draughting (2D)
Materials Science
Safety & Health at Work
Engineering Workshop Theory
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Work Experience
Students must obtain 10 days work experience in a vocational related area. Garda Clearance maybe required for work experience

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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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.
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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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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