The Space Industry offers a wide variety of careers and opportunities. You might be surprised at the variety of opportunities across maths, physics, chemistry, engineering and computing.
The Space Science and Technology sector typically employes people with primary degrees (NFQ Levels 7 or 8) and with a relatively high proportion of employees at postgraduate level (NFQ Levels 9 and 10).
The “space” sector in Ireland is quite varied and includes companies from many areas of technology. These include aerospace, structures, electronics, optoelectronics, software and bio-diagnostics.
School leavers should think about continuing their education at third level, before considering a career in the space sector.
How did you go about getting your current job?
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What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
Collaborating with my coworkers to make 3D models of what they need and producing drawings. I work with manufacturers to ensure the parts can be made and are mechanically sound. I 3D print prototypes of things we are working on, I create part numbers and bills of materials, and do some concept modelling too.
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What's not so cool?
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