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Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process


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  Kerrie Horan

A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.

The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.


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Telecommunications Field Technician
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Telecommunications Field Technician

A Telecommunications Field Technician handles the maintenance and repair of the eir network. This involves a high level of customer service, hands on technical repairs, and travel around Ireland to attend to customer needs.

This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes will be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council at the end of May 2016 with training to be available from September 2016 or January 2017.
Video: eir Telecommunications Technician Apprenticeship
This is an NFQ Level 6 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 80 places will be available each year.
Note: This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.

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The eir Telecommunications Field Technician apprenticeship is a two-year programme involving informal classroom learning, e-learning, 1-to-1 coaching and on-the-job training, as well as travel all over Ireland.

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eir are looking for applicants who are eager to learn, who have good problem-solving skills, enjoy working outdoors, who are passionate about technology and customer service.

  • Flexibility - you will need to be fully flexible as you may be based anywhere in the country
  • Enthusiastic and committed
  • Eager and willing to learn new skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Passionate about technology
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Team player

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  • Develop practical skills at the cutting edge of technological innovation in Ireland
  • Gain first-hand experience in the maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Provide high level service to customers
  • On the job learning
  • 1-to-1 coaching
  • Formal classroom training
  • Practical experience in the field under supervision and guidance of experienced professionals
  • Supports your move from school into the full time workplace
  • Know how and hands on experience to jumpstart your career. 

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Applicants for the eir Telecommunications Field Technician apprenticeship must have the following:

  • Leaving Certificate - must have passed a minimum of 6 subjects (must include a pass in maths)
  • Full driving license

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This will be an annual program, with the recruitment process beginning in the spring, and candidates coming on board later in the year. 

The eir Telecommunication Field Technician Apprenticeship opens again for applications 1st January 2017.

Candidates canregister their interest now and apply here.

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eir are offering apprentices the chance to develop practical skills in a market leading company that is at the cutting edge of technological innovation in Ireland.

Apprentices will gain first-hand experience in the maintenance and repair of equipment in the eir network to provide the highest levels of service to eir customers.

eir consider apprentices to be the future of our company. Our structured two year programme will provide on the job learning, 1-to-1 coaching and formal classroom training.

Successful candidates will receive a Level 6 QQI Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award on completion of the programme and benefit from practical experience in the field, under the supervision and guidance of some of the most experienced professionals in the country.

The eir apprentice programme will support your move from school into the full time workplace, providing you with the know how and hands on experience to jumpstart your career. 

The top candidates from the apprenticeship programme will receive a permanent job offer with eir.

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