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Engineer - Process

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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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Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) - HND

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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code DGH
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at students with an interest in developing a career in the computer games industry. The course covers all aspects of computer games design from artistic and technical to conceptual and academic areas.

What will you Study?

Our Game Design Higher National Diploma provides you with the skills required to turn your own pen & paper designs into fully-functional interactive products, using industry-standard tools, theory, and techniques. Use cutting-edge technology to bring your ideas to life. Then test them out online with the gaming community. 

Contextual Studies
Research Techniques
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Special Subject Investigation
Practical Skills for Computer Game Design
Computer Games Studies
Career Development for the Computer Games Industry
2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games
3D Computer Game Engines
Music and Sound for Computer Games
Ideas Generation for Computer Games
3D Animation for Computer Games
Computer Game Design Techniques
Level Design for Computer Games
Scripting for Computer Game Design
Human-Computer Interfaces for Computer Games
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