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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute


 

Architectural Design and Technology (Year 1)


Course Code:  5M1940 CN
Award Code(s):  5M1940
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in Computer Aided Design (CAD). CAD Technology is used to create graphics and make calculations needed in the production of drawings, three-dimensional simulations, models and other design work. CAD is used in a variety of areas including aeronautical, automotive and maritime engineering, electronics and architecture. Students gain hands on experience of the latest technologies in use in these industries.

 

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

Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
Design Skills
Architectural Drawing
Communications
Work Experience
Parametric CAD
Mathematics
Image Processing
Building Construction

Work Experience
A minimum of 10 days work placement must be completed in a relevant vocational area

 

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