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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Bray Institute of Further Education

Forensics - Applied Science

Code:  HS
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.
Food Technologist   Food Scientist  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Production Manager - Engineering   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Genetic Engineer   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Engineer - Petroleum  
Colour Technologist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Biomedical Scientist   Analytical Chemist  
Geneticist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Geochemist   Engineer - Chemical  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Production & Process   
Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Haematologist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Biotechnologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Laboratory Manager  
Pharmacist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Microbiologist   Genetic Technologist  
Laboratory Technician   Immunologist  
Epidemiologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Scientist  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nanosystems  
Science Communicator   Gas Engineer  
Environmental Chemist   Botanist  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Test / Validation    

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.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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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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