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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 who missed Primary Teaching due to Maths grade to get late course offer

Minister has pledged to lower the required maths entry grade to a H7 for next year

An anomaly in the maths requirement for entry to Primary Teaching this year resulted in a number of students not receiving a CAO Offer, despite having achieved the required points.

Following intervention on their behalf, the students concerned are now to be to be offered places on the courses in question at Dublin City University and University of Limerick.

What happened?

Applicants for teaching programmes are required to meet certain minimum entry requirements. These  include specific grade requirements in certain subjects (Maths, Irish and English), as well as having the required CAO points for entry to the course.

This year, Leaving Cert results were based on the new 2017 Grading System for the first time. Following the CAO offers process, it emerged that the Department of Education directed colleges not to accept the new H7 grade (30 to 39 per cent) in  higher level maths for entry to Primary School Teaching. However, an O6 grade in the ordinary level maths exam was accepted, even though this is actually a lower grade.

It is reported that up to 13 students who had secured the required CAO points for primary teaching are estimated to have missed out on a course offer because of this anomaly. These students had opted to do Higher Level Maths and achieved a grade H7 in the Leaving Cert exam, when they may have fared better in the Ordinary Level Paper, and secured a place on their chosen teaching course.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, has now pledged to lower the required maths entry grade to a H7 from next year. Department officials have also requested that Dublin City University and University of Limerick accommodate those students who missed out on course offers this year due to the directive.

Changes to 2019 entry requirements

The entry requirements for primary teaching in English and Irish are set to be increased for 2019 entry and onwards. Students will be required to have:

  • A grade H4 in higher level Irish (between 60 and 70 per cent). This is an increase of 10 percent on the current H5 (50 to 60 per cent) requirement.
  • A grade H7 in English (30 to 40 per cent) at higher level will remain in place, but the ordinary level grade requirement will increase from a grade O5 (50 to 60 per cent) to a grade O4 (60 to 70 per cent).

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