New course to kickstart careers in the machinery trade
IF YOU want to work in the Irish machinery trade a new course has been unveiled that could be just the ticket.
The Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA), the representative body of the agricultural machinery trade in Ireland, has welcomed the creation of the new degree level agricultural mechanisation course at Institute of Techology, Tralee.
The new program is set to take its first tranche of students this September and there are still some places left on the course.
FTMTA boss Gary Ryan said the association has done considerable work over the last two years in relation to the development of a new approach to the training of agricultural technicians in Ireland. "Our efforts really grew out of a widely expressed requirement by the trade at a machinery dealer and manufacturer level for a strong, locally based qualification meeting the needs of the modern farm machinery sector," he said.
The new course is a joint approach between FTMTA representatives, tractor manufacturers and IT Tralee. Students completing the course will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Mechanisation.
The course is three years in duration and leads to a level seven degree qualification.
The application system is outside of the CAO process, with entries made directly.
To apply for a place on the course, potential students must have been accepted by a sponsoring farm machinery dealer who will provide the required work placements. Successful applicants will require at least five passes in the Leaving Certificate, and three of those passes must be at least of C grade in Maths, English and a Science subject.