CAO CODE: GA971 What is this course about? This course provides graduates with the education and skills in furniture production which are associated with batch and volume production environments. Graduates will develop knowledge of current manufacturing technologies demonstrate a clear understanding of business and work practices with the capability to manufacture furniture of quality and precision in competitive commercial environments. Graduates will be able to explain the nature and properties of materials and finishes used in the furniture industry, competently and safely operate a range of conventional and automated manufacturing equipment and describe the principles of factory planning, layout, work organisation and production flows in a furniture manufacturing environment. What subjects will I study? Year 1 Communication and Learning Skills, Materials 1, Furniture Construction, Manufacturing Technology 1, Furniture Studies, Technical Drawing, Maths and Science 1, Projects 1. Year 2 Computer Applications 1, Management and Economics, Mathematics and Science 2, Materials 2, Manufacturing Technology 2, Advanced Manufacturing Technology,Operations Management, FP Projects 2 Year 3 CAD/CAM, Quantitative Techniques, Marketing and Finance, Product Development, Materials and Standards, Applied Science and Technology, Operations Management 2, Commercial Projects What career opportunities will I have? Graduates will be employed in medium to large scale wood and furniture manufacturing companies where a knowledge of manufacturing and production technologies is required. With experience, the graduate will be well placed to work at a senior level in a wood processing, furniture manufacturing or timber products manufacturing facility. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to progress to supervisory and management roles in the industry. Entry requirements The minimum entry requirements are: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in FIVE Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 140 points. Applicants for this course should be interested in problem solving and manufacturing process techniques and should be comfortable with mathematics and analytical subjects generally. It would also be desirable to have studied one or more of the following subjects: Architectural Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Communication Graphics.
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