Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


(Construction Technology)

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This course provides students with a broad range of skills in carpentry and joinery. The course includes first and second fixing, temporary work including formwork, shuttering work and shoring, installing built-in furniture/ kitchens and constructing timber frame housing.

All aspects of building construction, services and general building techniques incorporating all current building regulations are explored throughout the course. Learn how to design a house, how to apply for planning permission, draw up plans and do up a bill of quantities for an Eco friendly family home and set out a work schedule.

Students learn how to work as part of the build team, understanding roles and responsibilities with a large emphasis on Health and Safety.

This course is a path to explore the different educational and employment areas in the construction sector.


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
  • All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
  • Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.


This is a one-year course.


  • Student Services: €250
  • QQI exam fees: €50*
  • Facilities / Class Materials: €170
    Total: €470

Please note that only debit cards/visa/mastercard payments are acceptable for payment. The College cannot accept cash/cheque.

* Note: Students with medical cards are exempt from paying the QQI exam fee.


  • QQI Level 5 in Construction Technology (5M5010).


The following subjects may be offered:

Building Construction - 5N1570

Learn the skills relevant to all aspects of the building trades and how the building team works. Looking at the different ways structures are built and maintained. With added focus on different materials which can be used.

Building Services - 5N4974

This subject equips you with the knowledge, skill and competence to recommend a range of practical solutions in the context of designing and maintaining building services in a domestic dwelling.

Safety & Health at Work - 5N1794

This subject examines the role of the Employer and the Employee, in order to have a safe and healthy working environment. Which is also a stress free one. While examining all the potential hazards you might come across.

Wood Fabrication - 5N1999

This is a general introduction into Carpentry and Joinery, with initial emphasis in the use and appreciation of most hand and portable hand tools in addition to some of the basic woodworking machines. All aspects of first and second fix Carpentry, Formwork and Timber frame house construction.

Computer Aided Draughting (2D) - 5N1604

This subject covers computer technology as a design tool, a presentation media and a means of producing working drawings. 2D AutoCAD is the main focus.

Work Experience - 5N1356

This subject allows the learner to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Learners may nominate placements at joinery workshops, construction companies, builder suppliers or architecture/engineering offices.

Communications - 5N0690

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.


For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • MTU Cork: BSc Craft Technology – Wood (CR077).
  • Cork College of FET, Douglas Street Campus: Sustainable Technology Level 6 (6M4989).

Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.


In the college workshop students have access to a large range of woodworking machines, both portable and floor standing. Also gaining on-site experience in a controlled environment.


Career opportunities include apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery, cabinet making and draughtsmanship. Branching into engineering & architecture & construction management. Possible Apprentices in the core building trades.


Ella Daly, Course Director
Tel: (021) 4961 020