Testimonials

 

I decided to do this course as I had a keen interest in agricultural machinery and also wanted to get my level 5 qualification in Agriculture while gaining hands on practical skills in machinery and agriculture that would help me in my future career. This course gave me a solid practical base in general Agri Mechanics and Fabrication in which I previously had no experience prior to starting this course. For my project I fabricated a power box which was a big achievement for me as I never had done any fabrication work previously I was delighted to get the opportunity to use skills I learned in class practical’s and put them to use in this project. The skills I learned have really helped me in my career to date. The advice I would give anyone thinking of doing this course would be that the Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry gave me a great experience and sound practical knowledge. I am now furthering my education and doing a Level 8 Degree in Agricultural Engineering with Tralee IT and without going to Pallaskenry I don’t think I could have progressed. I am currently doing work placement with Case New Holland Basildon in the UK, and I am working as part of their demonstration team which involves promoting there agricultural machinery at trade shows and grassland events. I am really enjoying this experience.

Tomas Lacey, Tipperary

Higher Cert in Engineering in Agriculture Mechanisation

I did the course because of my great interest in machinery and I also wanted to get a qualification in agriculture for farming purposes. We run a machinery business at home so I was naturally drawn to learning more about their operation and maintenance. The course has a good balance of theory and practical, for example you could spend the morning welding and the evening learning about the forage harvester. The group sizes were small so when it came to the practicals there was always loads to do and plenty of time to practice new skills. For my project I bought a Ford 7840 which needed an engine recondition and a lot of work to the front axle. I found this mechanic work very beneficial and I now use the skills I learned doing up this tractor every day. The college staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, also my fellow classmates gave me a great hand. Doing a project like this is a great way of learning I did my Practical Learning Period on the harvest with CWDC harvesting in New Mexico America. I loved it and would go back some day if I can, it was some experience and I made great friends. Since leaving college I have taken over the family business Ward & Ward Haulage and Contracting we have a 10 tipper trucks on the road along with loading shovels and track machines. I do the maintenance on all these machines. We hope to get into more quarry type work in the future.

Shane Ward, Birdhill, Co Tipperary

Higher Cert in Engineering in Agriculture Mechanisation

This course gave me a great base in agricultural machinery and fabrication. I was always interested in driving machinery but when I started welding and workshop skills I realised that this part of engineering was just as interesting. I learned something new every day, there was a great variety in the skills, practicals and theory. The electrics and electronics that I learned in Salesian Agricultural College have proven very useful to my job. For my project I fully reconditioned a New Holland 8360 engine. The project is done after Christmas which gives us a chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge we learned earlier. I carried out my work experience with Field Brothers in Minnesota America. I hadn’t much travel done before this and so was a bit apprehensive however the college helped to organize the placement and it couldn’t have gone better. I made great contacts, great experiences and got to operate massive modern machinery. I am now working with ECI JCB in Dublin as an apprentice plant fitter and will soon be qualified. My Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture Mechanisation was a huge help in both getting the job but also adjusting to my new role.

Niall McCourty, Belivor Co Meath

Advanced Cert in Agricultural Mechanisation

I decided to do this course as I had a keen interest in Agriculture and most importantly Machinery. There was a good balance between practical instruction and the theory side of the course. I gained a great base to start my career at Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry and gained confidence in operating and maintaining farm machinery. For my project I fabricated a bearing press this gave me the opportunity to put both theory and practical learning into use. I had to produce drawings for the project using Autocad and I also got to help out with a wide variety of other projects. I also felt that practical learning period was very beneficial as I done my placement with Templetouhy Fam Machinery in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. I gained a lot experience in servicing and repairing John Deere tractors and combines. After completing this course I got the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with Templetouhy Farm Machinery Enniscorthy. I would highly recommend this course as the work placement gave me an insight into what it was like to work in a garage and I learned that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

Cathal Fenlon

Wexford

I decided to do this course as I had a keen interest in agricultural machinery and also wanted to get my level 5 qualification in Agriculture while gaining hands on practical skills in machinery and agriculture that would help me in my future career. This course gave me a solid practical base in general Agri Mechanics and Fabrication in which I previously had no experience prior to starting this course. For my project I fabricated a power box which was a big achievement for me as I never had done any fabrication work previously I was delighted to get the opportunity to use skills I learned in class practical’s and put them to use in this project. The skills I learned have really helped me in my career to date. The advice I would give anyone thinking of doing this course would be that the Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry gave me a great experience and sound practical knowledge. I am now furthering my education and doing a Level 8 Degree in Agricultural Engineering with Tralee IT and without going to Pallaskenry I don’t think I could have progressed. I am currently doing work placement with Case New Holland Basildon in the UK, and I am working as part of their demonstration team which involves promoting there agricultural machinery at trade shows and grassland events. I am really enjoying this experience.

Tomas Lacey, Tipperary

Higher Cert in Engineering in Agriculture Mechanisation

I did the course because of my great interest in machinery and I also wanted to get a qualification in agriculture for farming purposes. We run a machinery business at home so I was naturally drawn to learning more about their operation and maintenance. The course has a good balance of theory and practical, for example you could spend the morning welding and the evening learning about the forage harvester. The group sizes were small so when it came to the practicals there was always loads to do and plenty of time to practice new skills. For my project I bought a Ford 7840 which needed an engine recondition and a lot of work to the front axle. I found this mechanic work very beneficial and I now use the skills I learned doing up this tractor every day. The college staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, also my fellow classmates gave me a great hand. Doing a project like this is a great way of learning I did my Practical Learning Period on the harvest with CWDC harvesting in New Mexico America. I loved it and would go back some day if I can, it was some experience and I made great friends. Since leaving college I have taken over the family business Ward & Ward Haulage and Contracting we have a 10 tipper trucks on the road along with loading shovels and track machines. I do the maintenance on all these machines. We hope to get into more quarry type work in the future.

Shane Ward, Birdhill, Co Tipperary

Higher Cert in Engineering in Agriculture Mechanisation

This course gave me a great base in agricultural machinery and fabrication. I was always interested in driving machinery but when I started welding and workshop skills I realised that this part of engineering was just as interesting. I learned something new every day, there was a great variety in the skills, practicals and theory. The electrics and electronics that I learned in Salesian Agricultural College have proven very useful to my job. For my project I fully reconditioned a New Holland 8360 engine. The project is done after Christmas which gives us a chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge we learned earlier. I carried out my work experience with Field Brothers in Minnesota America. I hadn’t much travel done before this and so was a bit apprehensive however the college helped to organize the placement and it couldn’t have gone better. I made great contacts, great experiences and got to operate massive modern machinery. I am now working with ECI JCB in Dublin as an apprentice plant fitter and will soon be qualified. My Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture Mechanisation was a huge help in both getting the job but also adjusting to my new role.

Niall McCourty, Belivor Co Meath

Advanced Cert in Agricultural Mechanisation

I decided to do this course as I had a keen interest in Agriculture and most importantly Machinery. There was a good balance between practical instruction and the theory side of the course. I gained a great base to start my career at Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry and gained confidence in operating and maintaining farm machinery. For my project I fabricated a bearing press this gave me the opportunity to put both theory and practical learning into use. I had to produce drawings for the project using Autocad and I also got to help out with a wide variety of other projects. I also felt that practical learning period was very beneficial as I done my placement with Templetouhy Fam Machinery in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. I gained a lot experience in servicing and repairing John Deere tractors and combines. After completing this course I got the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with Templetouhy Farm Machinery Enniscorthy. I would highly recommend this course as the work placement gave me an insight into what it was like to work in a garage and I learned that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

Cathal Fenlon

Wexford