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Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process

Intel

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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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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061 CI061EN
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061 CI061EN
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course may be of interest to students who are considering pursuing a degree in engineering. It is also of particular relevance to those who require a science subject or mathematics to progress to further study.

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a theoretical understanding of, and acquired practical competencies in: common measuring and inspection techniques used in the engineering industry, the properties of engineering materials and common machining methods, the use of a range of tools and equipment (e.g. milling machine, lathe, drilling machine as well a variety of other measuring and hand tools) as well as CNC programming.

What will you Study?

Computer Aided Draughting 2D 5N1604

Work Experience 5N1356

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608

Communications 5N0690

Mathematics 4N1987

Design Skills 5N0784

Physics 5N1460

Electronics 5N1606

Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136

Word Processing 5N1358

Computer 3D Modelling & Animation 5N1603
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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Sample Careers

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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.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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