At Combilift, we are proud to say that our people are among the most talented and driven in the world. A family company, we’re committed to nurturing the rich vein of skill and resourcefulness that exists right here on our doorstep. To fulfill this, we provide Traineeships to teach and develop engineering skills essential for employment in the engineering manufacturing sector
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What is the OEM Engineering Technology Traineeship?

The Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Engineering Traineeship prepares trainees for work as future Engineers/Technicians and combines theory and practical industry experience to provide a basic understanding of manufacturing and engineering processes.

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Find out all the information you need about the Traineeship. Hear from past trainees and tutors about the course as well as the modules you will learn and application process.


This is a full time course, starting in September with 12 weeks work based learning in Combilift and 26 weeks classroom based learning in Monaghan Institute.

Course Content

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 in Engineering Technology and a City & Guilds Level 2 in Hydraulics. In addition to this, individuals will also complete Lean Manufacturing workshops.

The Traineeship offers a solid understanding of all key skills required for a career in Engineering, namely machining, fitting, control systems, auto electrics, CAD and hydraulics.

  • Auto Electricity
  • Engineering Processes
  • CAD (2D)

  • Electronics
  • Engineering Theory
  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Control Systems
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Health & Safety

As the company continues to grow there are career opportunities in Combilift for the high-quality students who complete the traineeship.  They receive an excellent blend of practical training and knowledge from the course which means they are job ready.”

– Martin McVicar, Managing Director, CombiLift

Course Costs

The course is fully funded by the European Support Fund so there are no course fees and students may be eligible for a bursary from Combilift or the DSP. Combilift also provides a toolkit for each trainee.  A training allowance is paid to those in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment.

Other entitlements may include :

  • Travel or Accommodation allowance
  • Meal allowance
  • or Access to the National Childcare Scheme
  • For those not in receipt  of  a training allowance, Combilift will provide a bursary

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Hear from our past students

Gary McCaffrey, Trainee 2016-2017

  • Had an interest in machinery and had experience in farming.
  • Chose the Traineeship as it was close to home and inexpensive.
  • Enjoyed the balance of theory and practical learning.
  • Only a 9 month course so there is no commitment to a 3 to 4 year college degree.
  • Offered a role in Combilift after the Traineeship in 2017 and has progressed his career in Combilift

Conor McMahon, Trainee 2018-2019

  • Ideal if you’re unsure what you want to do after School.
  • Favourite module was Hydraulics and Engineering.
  • Enjoyed being able put the theory into practical learning.
  • Found the assignments challenging but rewarding.
  • Offered a role in Combilift after the Traineeship in 2019 and has progressed his career in Combilift

Nofal, current Trainee 2020 – 2021

  • Mature student that wanted a career change to Engineering and decided to apply for the OEM Engineering Traineeship.
  • Worked in various departments across production.
  • Found the workplace staff friendly and helpful.
  • Hoping to secure employment in Combilift upon completion of the course or else progress to the OEM Apprenticeship.

Employment & Further Training Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, students may apply for employment or for the OEM Apprenticeship.

Successful graduates of the Traineeship will be given the opportunity to interview for vacancies within Combilift. Past trainees now work in a variety of roles including:

  • Electrical Technicians
  • Assembly Technicians

  • Testing and PDI Technicians
  • Facilities & Maintenance Technicians
  • Service Engineers

  • Lean & Quality Engineers
  • Control Systems Engineers

They may also use the results from this course instead of Leaving Certificate results to apply through the CAO for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.


Applicants must:

  • Be 16+
  • Have achieved Leaving Certificate or equivalent or a QQI Level 4 or relevant work experience.


  • Achieved GCSEs, NVQ Level 2, BTEC or equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Applications are also welcome from those in employment who are seeking to upskill or reskill in this industry. Individuals eligibility will be confirmed during the recruitment process.

Apply now to the OEM Engineering Traineeship


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