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Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.

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Engineering Technology

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

Course Code 5M2061
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in Engineering at Third Level.

What will you Study?

Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
Materials Science 5N1637
Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Mechanics 5N1638
Physics 5N1460
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Mathematics 5N1833
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Electronics 5N1606*

*The Electronics Module will be held one afternoon per week in I_T_ Tallaght
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. 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.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI 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:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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Further Research

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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.
Agricultural Mechanic   Ceramics Technologist  
Printer   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Glassmaker   Toolmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Ergonomist  
Textile Machinery Technician   Carton maker  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Acoustic Consultant  
Welder   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Army Apprentice   Sheet Metal Worker/Plater  
Industrial Insulator   Engineer - Chemical  
Colour Technologist   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Computer Assembly Technician  
Engineer - Electrical Control   Engineer - Mechatronics  
Engineer - Photonics   Engineer - Electrical  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Automation  
Engineer - Telecommunications   Auto Electrician  
Engineer - Automotive   Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson  
Electronics Service Engineer   Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson  
Engineering Technician - Electronics   Telecommunications Technician  
Electrical Power Plant Operator   Engineering Technician - Electrical   
Technical Service Agent   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Engineer - Design & Development   Office Equipment Service Technician  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Engineer - Sports  
Naval Architect   Engineer - Mechanical  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace  
Process Development Scientist   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Patternmaker  
Manufacturing Technician   Engineering Craft Machinist  
Horologist   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Polymer Technician   Machinist - Manufacturing  
Engineering Technician - Mechanical    Engineer - Yield Analysis  
Blacksmith   Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Engineer - Nuclear  
Aircraft Mechanic   Air Corps Apprentice  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Engineer - Mining / Geological  
Engineer - Polymer   Engineer - Quality  

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.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

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Grades Recieved:

source: QQI