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.

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Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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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.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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St. John's Central College

Sustainable Energy Building Systems


Code:  CCONT
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers 
The following occupations are related to the area of study for this course. Click on the occupations to explore further.
Welder   Builders' Yard Assistant  
Geological Technician   Architect  
Architectural Technologist   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Building / Construction Manager   Acoustic Consultant  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer - Structural  
Engineer   Meteorologist  
Engineer - Environmental   Gas Engineer  
Geoscientist   Engineer - Energy  
Environmental Consultant   Atmospheric Scientist  
Soil Scientist   Hydrologist  
Engineer - Water   Energy consultant  
Geologist   Engineer - Mining / Geological  
Meteorological Officer   Environmental Officer  
Environmental Technician   Environmental Health Officer  
Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver   Cabinet Maker  
Thatcher   French Polisher  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Cleaner - Household   Gas Distribution Worker  
Steeplejack   Street Cleaner  
Radiographer - Industrial   Window Fitter  
Window Cleaner   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Refuse Collector   Industrial Insulators  
Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers   Gas Fitter  
Caretaker   Building Technician  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Labourer - Building  
Security Attendant / Porter   Quarry Worker  
Aerial & Satellite Installers   Geomatics Surveyor  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   General Construction Operative  
Tiler/Fitter   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Electrician   Cleaner - Industrial  
Crane Operator   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Concreter  
Engineer - Civil   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
Surveyor - Building / Construction   Engineer - Building Services  
Bricklayer   Insurance Surveyor  
Painter / Decorator   Stonemason  
Insulation Workers   Demolition Operative  
Site Engineer   Facilities Manager  
Production Manager - Engineering   Surveyor  
Steelfixer   Slater/Rooftiler  
Site Technician   Plant Operator  
Plasterer   Plumber  
Scaffolder   Sheet Metal Worker/Plater  
Army Apprentice   Theatre Stagehand  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Surveyor - Minerals / Mining  
Aid worker / humanitarian worker    

Career Sectors related to this course:
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.
Building, Construction & Property
Earth Science & Environment
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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FETAC Progression routes to Higher Education. 1 Route(s)
This course leads to a FETAC Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO. To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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To view CAO courses which this specific course leads to, click on the Award Code below:

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