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 Barry Duggan from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Barry Duggan

Electronic Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Barry Duggan

If your a logical thinker, like a challenge and are constantly trying to improve your understanding and knowledge then this is the job for you.

This job covers a very broad range of IC's (integrated circuits) which are used in various applications like mobile phones, cars etc. and everyday can be a new challenge or experience.

If you like taking things apart and seeing how they work then you'll really enjoy working in electronics.

Good organisational and presentation /communication skills are a nice bonus!

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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...
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. 
 
Hotel Manager - Liam Doyle
Liam Doyle, Failte Ireland They didn’t!

I took honours Engineering, honours Physics, and honours Chemistry. The other subject I had was Technical Drawing.

If I was to do it again, I would do French and Home Economics, and the Engineering because it did help me in this role, and probably Business. I would take more on the finance side if I knew I was taking this route. 
 
Mechanical Engineer - Elaine McGarrigle
Elaine McGarrigle, CRH plc

After my Junior Certificate in secondary school, I chose to study Physics, Chemistry and Classical studies for the Leaving Certificate.

Physics gave me a basic understanding of mechanics, which I found very enjoyable and this influenced my decision to choose mechanical engineering.

Chemistry and Classical Studies were subjects that I found very enjoyable but did not really entice me to choose a career in those areas.

Engineering drawing provides a basic understanding in this area and this is a subject that I studied through-out my 5 years in college and use on a regular basis in my job.

I would recommend a student to study physics and engineering drawing and possibly metalwork as these subjects would best support mechanical engineering as a career.

However I believe that it is not imperitive to study these subjects or to excel in these areas to pursue a career in engineering. My first year in college involved learning the basics of many subjects including maths, mechanics and engineering drawing. This allowed those who were weak in those subjects to catch up.

 
 
Manufacturing Engineer - Lynsey Gargan
Lynsey Gargan, STEPS In school I was limited by the amount of subjects offered. I went to an all girl's convent school and they had pretty much the stereotypical girl's school subjects then.

For my optional subjects I did Geography, H&E Social and Scientific and Biology. I had all the regular subjects too. English, Irish, Maths and French. I think it's fairly obvious from the above list that my subjects didn't have much of a influence over my third level education choices.

If subjects like physics, engineering etc., had been on offer, I think I would have taken them instead but they were not available to me. I don't believe choices made in school about subjects always have to dictate what you do in college. In my case it just meant I had to work a little harder in the first year of college to catch up.

My school subjects never stopped me. If you know what you like and what you want do, you will always find a way. To be honest it's the knowing what you like that's harder, there are lots of paths to achieve what you want in education today. 
 
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. 
 
Engineer - Process - Kerrie Horan
Kerrie Horan, Intel

Subjects I look were Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Business Studies and German for my Leaving Cert.  All of which I have used since and believe it or not business aspects including accounting are an integral part of engineering

I would say that Physics and Applied Maths would have come in very useful as it was tough entering an Engineering Degree without having either of these.

 
 
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!

 
 
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. 
 
Industrial Relations Officer - Paul Shortt
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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.

 
 
Mechanical Engineer - John Harding
John Harding, ESB I always knew I wanted some form of a technical or design job so I took the following subjects for leaving cert; (Maths, English, Irish - because you have to) Physics, Engineering, Building Construction & Agricultural Science. I believe these subjects have all helped me throughout my college days as they gave a great basis of what is taught in college. 
 
  
 
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