Muine Bheag Vocational School’s engineering accomplishments of the past few years were highlighted recently at a presentation given by the Acting Principal Jimmy Dermody. The school has a very impressive record in National Championships over the past 20 years. In Engineering students from the school have achieved the highest accolade which is the gold medal presented by the Engineering and Technology Teachers association on no less than five occasions. Students have also scored the highest marks in the country in Technical Drawing.
In last year's exams, three students at Junior Certificate level Woodwork were amongst the top five achievers in the country. In the F1 School’s Challenge sponsored by Honda over the last three years the school has had one team take the title of best new designed car and another team had the 2nd fastest car in the country, only beaten by two thousands of a second.
The school has close links with a lot of the local industry as many of the owners are former students of the school. Their workforces are made up mainly of past pupils of the school.
Pascal Byrne of P.B. Machine Tech Ltd. was very impressed by the state of the art machinery, a big change since he was a student in the school. Both himself and Nuala Byrne, Director of Byrneside Tullow Group, were delighted to see that C.N.C basic programming was part of the curriculum followed by the engineering students.
Donnie Nolan of ProDig and Christopher Lee of Lee Engineering Co. Ltd. were impressed that Transition Year students were introduced to oxy-acetylene and M.I.G welding processes. Brian Bible of Autolaunch Ltd. had some good advice with regard to work experience and preparing students for applying for apprenticeships. Des Keogh of Seamus Byrne Electric commented on the inclusion and level of electronics in the Leaving Certificate Engineering projects.
Following the presentation was the launch of a new adult education course in Construction/Engineering (Pre-Apprenticeship). This course aims to prepare students for apprenticeships in construction and engineering. This course would also suit mature students who may want to secure apprenticeships. The following modules are offered on the course:
· Building Construction
· Engineering Workshop Processes
· Engineering Drawing
· Safety & Health at Work
· Safe pass
· Work Experience
To encourage the high level of engineering excellence required to support their own businesses in the future, the companies present kindly agreed to provide a bursary for Leaving Certificate students who choose to follow the engineering or electrical path be that at 3rd level or apprenticeship.
The acting principal Mr. Jimmy Dermody, himself a former student of the school said "I am delighted at the positive partnership being established between the school and local employers it will open up huge opportunities for our students in the future”.
In addition to this new course, Muine Bheag Vocational School also offers a wide range of Adult Education courses at QQI Level 5 including Childcare including Special Needs, Healthcare Support, Sports, Exercise & Fitness, Creative Craft, ECDL & Receptionist Administration and Nursing Studies. Courses will commence in September 2017. Application forms can be downloaded from the school’s website – www.muinebheagvocationalschool.ie or contact the school for more information – 059-9721335.