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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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Manufacturing and industrial engineers take on the complex task of producing goods in large numbers. They are problem-solvers who make the entire process involved in manufacturing and distributing a product more efficient.

The skills and competencies needed within manufacturing are changing due to scientific and technological advances. These changes include automation and new developments in computer technology.

Manufacturing and industrial engineers are involved in the range of design and development processes that result in products. Whether its clothing, cell phones, computers, cars, DVDs, food and drink, athletic gear, medicine or cosmetics - virtually everything we use on a daily basis has passed through the manufacturing process.

Career Paths

Manufacturing is an extremely diverse area, almost all physical goods you use are manufactured, even farm goods will go through a packaging process. While many of the goods on Irish shelves are imported there are factories producing goods and seeking employees right across the island. Entry level roles as production operatives are many peoples starting point and offer a basis from which you can develop the skills and experience necessary for advancement.

Professional roles in management, human resources and administration are required in manufacturing operations. Staff looking to take on leadership roles or jobs with greater responsibility will benefit from perusing opportunities for upskilling, whether in the form of internal training or taking course in colleges.

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Occupations in Manufacturing
(sorted by Job Zone)

Bottling Worker
Monitor machines that wash, fill and label bottles. They make sure that the machines are set up correctly and loaded with materials such as bottles and labels.
General Assistant - Factory

General assistants carry out a range of duties in factories. Tasks may include moving goods, cleaning up and loading and unloading vehicles.

Light Industry Assembler

Work to fit components together to make products in a range of industries, such as furniture making, electronics or automotive supplies

Packer - Heavy Goods

Heavy goods packers pack all types of large and heavy items. They may use lifting equipment to move goods like heavy engineering units.

Packer - Light Goods

Packs, wraps and seals products into containers in a factory or warehouse.

Sewing Machinist
Works with a tailor or in a clothing factory sewing pre-cut material together to create garments of all kinds.
Colour Technician - Textiles

Using chemical and technical knowledge dyeing technicians make sure that textiles, yarns and fibres are dyed to customers requirements.

Electronic Equipment Assembler

Equipment Assemblers work on a production line in a factory putting together electronic equipment by hand.

Engineering Machine Operator

Engineering machine operators are responsible for controlling machines such as lathes, borers, presses and drills, which are used to make engineering parts.

Foundry Worker

Foundry workers carry out a variety of tasks to make products from metal. There are many jobs in the different stages of the work process.

Clothing Technologist

Ensures that yarn, fibres and fabric are manufactured by the most cost effective and efficient methods while maintaining quality standards.

Colour Technologist

Colour technologists research, develop and manage the production and application of dyes and pigments.

Computer Assembly Technician

Computer assembly technicians build computers from parts, such as circuit boards, disk drives, modems, cables and switches.

Construction Plant Mechanic
Performs repairs and maintenance on construction or building site machinery.
Engineering Craft Machinist

Engineering craft machinists set up and operate a wide range of engineering machines. They use the machines to shape metal, for example, by cutting, grinding and boring.


Glass  Makers and Glass Artists make all kinds of glass objects from the glass for windows and bottles, to drinking vessels, tableware, ornaments and sculptural objects.


Designs, constructs, maintains, and repairs timepieces such as watches, clocks, or precision laboratory equipment.

Laboratory Technician

Works in a laboratory assisting scientific and technical staff with day to day duties.

Machinist - Manufacturing

Operates, sets-up or repairs a variety of machine tools used in the production of precision parts and instruments. 

Manufacturing Technician

Helps to design, develop and improve the systems that convert raw materials into finished products.

Materials Technician

Materials technicians experiment on materials and products, work in production, and test how materials react to different conditions, including temperature and stress.

Mechanic / Automotive Technician

Performs repairs and maintenance on domestic and commercial vehicles. 

Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson

Mechanical engineering draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions for making mechanical products and equipment.


Welders join pieces of metal together by using intense heat.

Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater

Carries out repairs and restoration work to the bodies of cars damaged in accidents.

Sheet Metal Worker / Plater

Cuts, shapes and fits metal panels to cars and machinery using sheet metal.

Automation Engineer

Engaged in the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications the technology sector.

Automotive Engineer

Automotive engineering is a branch of vehicle engineering which incorporates mechanical, electrical, electric and safety elements.

Ceramics Technologist

Ceramics technologists carry out work concerned with the science and technology of ceramic materials.

Chemical Engineer

Researches, designs and plans the processes involved in the production of chemicals.

Design & Development Engineer

Works on the technical design of new products, selecting materials, researching manufacturing processes, testing prototypes etc.

Electrical Engineer

Works in industrial, commercial and domestic environments designing, installing and testing electrical hardware.

Electronic Engineer

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Engineering Production Manager

Responsible for the day to day tasks involved in keeping an engineering production process working safely and efficiently.

Hazardous Waste Specialist
Specialises in the design, treatment and disposing of Hazardous materials used in industry.
Manufacturing Engineer

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

Manufacturing Production Manager

Leads and manages a team of workers involved in a manufacturing production line.

Mechanical Engineer

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Yield Analysis Engineer

Investigates why and how the yield in any manufacturing group is above or below target.