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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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Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

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Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

Students who want to spend summer 2018 in America are being urged to start early on their J-1 applications.

The advice comes from the US Embassy in Dublin. There are over 7,000 slots available for 2018 for those wishing to apply for the Summer Work Travel visa. In addition, over 1,000 jobs have been made available for anyone who wishes to be a Camp Counsellor.

The J-1 programme for Ireland is more than 50 years old. To date, over 160,000 Irish students have spent their summers in the United States under the programme. Concern was expressed last year that President Donald Trump would put an end to the visa programme. However, the US Embassy and Department of State have worked with the Summer Work and Travel visa sponsor agencies to ensure that Ireland would secure 7,000 visa spaces for 2018, the same number allocated for this year.

The J-1 summer work and travel programme is available to all full-time third level students. It enables students to spend the summer working in the United States with an additional 30 days to travel.

Since 2016, it is necessary for Irish applicants to have a job secured before travelling to the US, which allows them to start work as soon as they arrive.

J-1 participants must be accepted into an exchange visitor programme by a designated visa sponsor. The majority of Irish participants are sponsored by SAYIT, USIT, J-1 Ireland, Smaller Earth or World Wide Cultural Exchange. Many of these visa sponsor agencies hold job fairs to assist participants, starting in January.

The US embassy is now urging participants to apply early due to the large amount of paperwork involved, and to allow them sufficient time to secure a job before travelling.

Full details are available fron the US Embassy in Ireland and from the Department of Foreign Affairs

The CareersPortal Team