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 John Oliver from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

John Oliver

Engineer - Development

Hewlett-Packard

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  John Oliver
Your education should be in mostly the areas of science and engineering. You should have an interest in solving problems. Design skills would be of benefit. You should have your own initiative and have the confidence to present information and results in front of a technical or management team on a regular basis. You need to communicate with a wide range of people both within the Irish site and world-wide to get the job done. You need to be willing to ask questions and be in charge of your own development.
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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Marks Distribution 2014:
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Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 4172 students who sat the Higher level Engineering exam in 2014.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 1031 students who sat the Ordinary level Engineering exam in 2014.

 
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Senior Cycle - Engineering

Subject Group: Practical
These subjects are 'hands- on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Engineering promotes an educational understanding of the materials and a knowledge of the processes associated with mechanical engineering. This is achieved through the development of skills and initiative in the planning, development and realization of technological projects in a safe manner.

You would really have to have done Junior Certificate metalwork to have a good idea as to what is involved in engineering. There is a good mix of theory and practice involved in these subjects. Many students enjoy the practical aspect but are not too happy when it comes to the theory. You will have to present a project as part of the Leaving Certificate examination, so talk to the teacher involved so that you know exactly the balance between the theory and practicals in this subject.

Career Possibilities

Engineering is useful for the following careers: mechanic, panel beater, welder, plumber, electronic and mechanical engineering, architecture and designer.

Third Level Entry Requirements
This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system. 




Data Sources: The information on these pages has been compiled from a variety of sources including the NCCA, Newbridge College / Brian Howard, Dept. of Education & Skills, and student interviews. Information in the 'People who took this subject' section reflects the views of those people interviewed on this website and is offered as informal and potentially useful information only.

While CareersPortal.ie attempts to keep this information as up to date and accurate as possible, we do not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of this information or decisions made on the basis of this information. Students should always discuss subject options with parents / guardians / guidance counsellors..
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Read what others say about their Leaving Cert. Subject Choices...
R&D Engineer - Liam McCaul
Liam McCaul, Sustainable Energy Authority Physics, Chemistry and French. I also studied German in college. It is good to have another language regardless of what it is. Anything to do with Engineering, I would highly suggest Maths and Physics. 
 
Mechanical Engineer - Afra Ronayne
Afra Ronayne, ESB In school apart from the three basics of English, Irish and Maths I also took German, Accounting, Physics and Chemistry. Although Physics and Chemistry were not needed to get into the engineering course it was beneficial to have them as we had to take these subjects in first year.

However, I did not do technical drawing so I had to start this from scratch in first year of college so most people have at least one subject that they have never done before. 
 
IQ Engineer - Darryl Day
Darryl Day, Intel Physics and Maths were probably the two most helpful subjects I studied in school. Problem solving and analytical skills are essential in any engineering or science role and these subjects actively develop these strengths. 
 
Engineer - Development - John Oliver
John Oliver, Hewlett-Packard I chose mostly science related subjects for the Leaving Cert predominantly because I found them the most interesting rather than really knowing what I wanted to do going into 5th year. Doing Maths, Physics and Chemistry definitely set me up well for Engineering and helped me decide that it would be an area of interest. In hindsight, I would have liked to have done Business Studies or Economics instead of Technical drawing. I think I had enough technical subjects and that was the one I liked least. I've been more interested in Economics and Business at later stages of my career and learning more at that time may have given me more pause for thought when going to college and a better balance of subjects. 
 
Professional Forester - Paulina Pawlukojc
Paulina Pawlukojc, Coillte

I always loved biology, chemistry and languages and I was quite good at these subjects. I never really liked maths and physics but I knew that environmental studies and forestry had some technical and engineering elements. That is why I chose these subjects as the main ones during my college years.

For my final exams, which are equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate, I choose Biology and English. At this stage I didn’t even know how important this language would become in my future life and career.

 
 
Property Manager - Ivan Magee
Ivan Magee, Lidl I studied all the normal subects as well as Construction studies, Engineering, Physics and Business. I think all of these subjects helped me to shape my career path. However, I do regret not taking up a language as there are many ways in which they can be useful in employment. For example German is a particularly useful language in this company for obvious reasons. However, we deal with quite a few German contractors also where to speak their language gives you much more respect when you are dealing or negotiating with them. 
 
Industrial Relations Officer - Paul Shortt
Paul Shortt, Civil and Public Service Jobs

For my leaving certificate I did English, Irish, Maths, French, Physics, History and Applied Maths.

Initially I decided to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University but changed to a Politics and Modern History Degree.

I think having a broad range of subjects in the Leaving Cert programme enables you to have a more varied choice of career paths and makes change down the road easier.

 
 
Electronic Engineer - Barry Duggan
Barry Duggan, Analog Devices

My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French, Physics, Technical Drawing, Art and Engineering.

I initially chose my options subjects based on what I thought would be good for a career in Civil Engineering or Architecture but I soon discovered that Physics, Engineering and honours maths provided me numerous choices when I eventually had to decide which career path I wanted.

I would highly recommend these subjects for anyone thinking of doing engineering as a career.

 
 
Design Engineer  - Tracey Roche
Tracey Roche, Analog Devices

My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French (obligatory subjects. My choice subjects were: Accounting, Physics & Chemistry. I did all honours subjects and I think doing honours Maths and English especially really help.

English is not immediately obvious when one thinks of a career in Engineering, but from the point of view of report writing and corresponding with team members and even customers via email etc, it is a very important skill to master.

I was not 100% sure of my career path at the time of choosing the above mentioned "choice-subjects". My way of thinking was, one business subject, one science and another one that I thought I might like or be good at. Physics, Chemistry and Accounting all have a common theme of maths and problem solving, this was my link into Electronic Engineering... In hindsight, had some form of technology or electronics courses been available in my school, I think these might have been helpful. I'm not sure which subject I would have replaced though!

 
 
Electronic Engineer  - Deborah Caffrey
Deborah Caffrey, Intel After completing my Junior Certificate I tried to choose a range of subjects in order to maintain options for Leaving Cert/College, and so studied Physics, Accountancy and Home Economics. I believed maintaining at least 1 science subject was important as it can be a requisite for many college courses. Physics was also then key in my choice of Engineering at third level. Accountancy and Home Economics were subjects I enjoyed and performed quite well at but could not see myself developing a career in. Physics was a good basis for continuing on to study Electronic Engineering in college. Although having studied any science subject at Leaving Certificate level is required for entry to engineering I believe that Physics was the most relevant for my course. 
 
  
 
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