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To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.
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O'Fiaich Institute

O'Fiaich Institute

Engineering Studies


Course Code:  5M2061 OFES
Award Code(s):  5M2061
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
To give students a wide range of experience within the engineering sectors and to prepare students for entry into third level education, apprenticeship and the world of work.

 

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 Process
Material Science
Engineering Workshop Theory
Communications
Work Experience
Computer Applications
Computer Aided Drawing (2D)
Electronics Engineering Drawing
Mathematics Mechanics

 

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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.
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Electrician  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   Engineer - Software  
Computer Systems Technician   Engineer - Electrical Control  
Engineer - Automation   Engineer - Telecommunications  
Engineer - Mechatronics   Engineer - Photonics  
Engineer - Electrical   Engineer - Electronic  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Telecommunications Technician  
Engineer - Automotive   Auto Electrician  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Electronics Service Engineer  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Engineering Technician - Electronics  
Electrical Power Plant Operator   Engineering Technician - Electrical   
Engineer - Design & Development   Technical Service Agent  
Domestic Appliance Service Technician   Naval Architect  
Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace   Engineer - Mechanical  
Process Development Scientist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Patternmaker  
Manufacturing Technician   Blacksmith  
Engineer - Yield Analysis   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Horologist   Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater  
Polymer Technician   Machinist - Manufacturing  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Broadcasting Engineer   Engineer - Marine  
Engineer - Energy    

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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5M2061