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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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Science - Pre University

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

What will you Study?

What will I study
Anatomy and Physiology
Biology 5N2746
Physics 5N1460
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Chemistry 5N2747
Mathematics
Communications 5N0690
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Work Experience 5N1356
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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Food Technologist   Food Scientist  
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Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Genetic Engineer  
Chemical Engineer   Haematologist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Molecular Biologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Pharmacologist   Biomedical Scientist  
Production & Process Engineer   Chemist  
Petroleum Engineer   Colour Technologist  
Geneticist   Biochemical Engineer  
Geochemist   Toxicologist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Analytical Chemist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Nutritionist  
Dietician   Materials Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Metallurgist  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Genetic Technologist  
Microbiologist   Pharmacist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Laboratory Manager  
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Epidemiologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
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Scientist   Computational Physicist  
Particle Physicist   Laser Physicist  
Astronomer / Astrophysicist   Physicist  
Acoustics Physicist   Nanosystems Engineer  
Science Communicator   Research Scientist  
Nuclear Engineer   Gas Engineer  
Environmental Chemist   Botanist  
Sterilisation Engineer   Biomedical Engineer  
Test / Validation Engineer    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Earth Science & Environment
Space Science & Technology
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