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 McDonagh from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:


John McDonagh

Construction Manager


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  John McDonagh

The position of Construction Manager with Lidl is very versatile and fast paced. It would be important for anyone considering this as a career option to make sure they are easily adaptable, highly organised and have a very hands on approach to Project Management.

Being a good multi-tasker is important, as well as the ability to take control of situations and delegate work to relevant staff and departments with confidence.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The discovery of electricity and the continuous developments surrounding how we can use it have had an enormous impact on our world. As you read this on your computer it is worth taking the time to consider how it is possible to display the text you are reading on screen by ‘playing’ with the movements of atomic particles!

This is just one of the many results of the years of work by both Electrical Engineers (involved in the supply of electricity) and Electronic Engineers (converting this electricity into endless varieties of ‘gadgets’).

It is not usual for engineers to move career from one branch of engineering to another. Much of the work that engineers engage in is learned on the job. Their background of study and experience gives them the ability to analyse problems properly and provide technical solutions. For this reason, they find that they can adapt to working in different type of industries. Many engineers move into management roles within 10 years of working as engineers.

Continuing education is important for electrical and electronics engineers. Engineers who fail to keep up with the rapid changes in technology are more likely to be passed over for advancement.

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Electrical engineers deal with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control. They create and design products using scientific principles, combined with natural curiosity, problem solving and innovation.

An electrical engineer can be employed in the design and construction of power lines, in the control and management of power stations, or in the design and installation of electrical systems and machinery, such as transformers, electric motors and power electronics. 

Electrical engineers will play an important role in the future development of a sustainable environment. There are a wide range of challenging paths available to an Engineer, Technologist or Technician. Career opportunities include:
  • Industrial research and development labs
  • Energy supply corporations
  • Software and services companies
  • Civil service
  • Technical monitoring agencies
  • Research institutes and educational institutions

Electrical Engineering graduates are found in such fields as computer engineering, energy engineering, transport engineering, communications engineering and media.

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Electronic engineering involves the design and testing of electronic circuits that use the electronic properties of components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors,
diodes and transistors to achieve a particular functionality.

Electronic engineers design, develop, research, test and supervise the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment. They play a key role in producing new innovations in household equipment, telecommunications equipment such as the mobile phone, PC, i-Pod and digital cameras.

Many Electronic engineers work in areas closely related to computers such as medical devices, artificial intelligence and robotics. The focus of their work is often on designing new products, maintaining and testing electronic equipment and coming up with technical solutions to solve operating problems. Their work can also involve estimating the time and cost of engineering projects. 

Electronic engineering Technicians support engineers in the research, design, development and maintenance of electronic equipment or products. Their work will usually be concerned with the repairs and maintenance of products from digital devices, mobile telephones and personal computers to satellite tracking systems. There are also opportunities in technical sales and technical publications for technicians.
There is evidence of a current shortage of engineering technicians available to industry because the majority of those who qualify at technician level go on to degree level.

Electronic engineering is also a significant growth area both in Ireland and abroad. Career opportunities open to electronic engineers, technologists or technicians in this discipline can be found with:

  • Electronic component manufacturers
  • Telecommunications companies and corporations
  • Electrical power utility companies
  • Research and education
  • Civil Service and government
  • Radio and television service providers

Micro and Nanoelectronics

Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics, including semi-conductors, are key players in the rapidly changing ICT sector. Every eighteen months, the speed of computer processors doubles. Integrated Circuit (IC) Technology has evolved so quickly that the processors in smartphones are now more powerful than processors in desktop computers were a few years ago.

Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics are also at the core of the development of green energy wind turbines, energy-aware data centres, medical devices, and a myriad of other products and devices across the IT, telecommunications and many other industry sectors, as well as being central to Cloud computing, Mobility, and IoT.

The rapid developments in micro and nanoelectronics increase demand for a range of engineers with strong core engineering skills, alongside software development skills, to ensure the development of applications and solutions to enable the technologies to work.

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Mechatronics or Mechanical and Electronic Engineering is a combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and software engineering. 

Mechatronics is a new approach to precision engineering, electronic control and information systems, in order to make ‘intelligent’ machine systems ranging from iPods, DVD and CD players, robots and digital cameras, to fully automated factories and manufacturing processes, and smart buildings. It involves the integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products and processes.

Mechatronic engineers are also involved in the new field of biomechatronics, concerned with the development of systems for human augmentation and rehabilitation. Examples include intelligent artificial legs that mimic the person’s good leg and exoskeleton suits that enhance the wearer’s strength and stamina.

Mechatronics and Mechatronic engineering courses are available at several of the IoTs around the country. Check out the course list on this page.
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Telecommunications engineering focuses on the transmission of information across a channel such as a coax cableoptical fiber or free space.

The technological changes that have taken place in modern communications, from blogging to pod-casting, video streaming and  SMS messaging, are all possible because of the work of telecommunications engineers in providing the methods to transmit and receive data.

The transmission of data is changing the way we live and this makes telecoms an exciting, challenging, and constantly evolving area to work in.

People are moving from communications used in a fixed environment, to communications on the move, wherever they are. Engineers must meet the constant challenges of customer demand, but also stay one step ahead to predict and produce new technology that will compete in the marketplace.

Telecommunications engineers plan, design, implement and monitor communication systems and services. They work with microprocessor and computer systems, optics and fibre optic cabling, transmission and switching technologies, radio communications and signal processing.

This area of engineering also deals with the collection and processing of remotely sensed data from satellite and GPS, aircraft and ship radars. It also links in with biomedical engineering on development areas such as speech synthesis and recognition systems.

Telecommunications Technicians install, repair and maintain telecommunications equipment. Technicians are currently in demand in the mobile technology sector in particular.
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