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Pre Apprenticeship Engineering technology – 5M2061

Course description
An introductory course for those who want to find out whether a career in the Mechanical Engineering industry is the right fit for them. It is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the Engineering industry and related areas. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work safely and to utilise a range of techniques and processes to solve engineering related challenges. This course will also enable students to also develop life skills including effective communication techniques, teamwork and independent learning.

This is a daytime course (Monday – Friday), school hours, from Mid-September to April (8 months). One day per week will be in the work setting.

Work Placement
Work experience is a core element of this Pre apprenticeship program and we will assist you to secure work experience. Many Graduates obtain employment as a result of their work experience placement. Work placement is arranged in professional Engineering firms.

Entry requirements
All applicants will be considered. If the Leaving Certificate has been completed, details should be submitted with your application. Mature learners may be exempt from the academic requirements. First round offers will be made in May to all eligible applicants with subsequent offers made in September.

Course content:
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health 5N1794
Engineering workshop processes 5N1608
Business Administration 5N1389
Mathematics 5N1833
Engineering workshop theory 5N2136
2D CAD 5N1604

Course Certification
This course provides graduates with a QQI Level 5 certificate in Engineering Technology 5M2061

Graduates of this course fulfil the minimum requirements to be registered as an Apprentice in any of the Engineering disciplines. There is a strong demand locally for manufacturing, Metal and Tool Fabricating apprentices.
Through the QQI FET Links Scheme-Graduates can apply entry to Year 1 of related courses in the Engineering area in Universities and in Institutes of Technology with continuity of SUSI grant / BTEI if applicable. Examples of linked courses including:

Athlone Institute of Technology
AL602 Mechanical Engineering Level 6
AL713 Engineering (common entry) Level 7
AL650 Mechanical Engineering and Renewable industries level 7

TU Dublin
TU717 Mechanical Engineering Level 7
TU701 Automation Engineering Level 7
TU 705Electrical and Control Engineering Level 7

Careers for engineers exist across all industry sectors. Qualified engineers typically work in sectors such as energy, transport, medical science, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, agriculture and waste management.

For further details contact Ms Lorraine Larney, PLC Coordinator,
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