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Deborah Caffrey, Electronic Engineer
Deborah took the advice of her Guidance Counsellor and went to study Electronic Engineering at DCU (Dublin City University). After her four year course, she secured a placement with Intel through ICT Ireland. She now works directly on the production process in the manufacture of semi-conductors at Intel's facility in Leixlip.
After completing my Junior Certificate I tried to choose a range of subjects in order to maintain options for Leaving Cert/College, and so studied Physics, Accountancy and Home Economics. I believed maintaining at least 1 science subject was important as it can be a requisite for many college courses. Physics was also then key in my choice of Engineering at third level. Accountancy and Home Economics were subjects I enjoyed and performed quite well at but could not see myself developing a career in. Physics was a good basis for continuing on to study Electronic Engineering in college. Although having studied any science subject at Leaving Certificate level is required for entry to engineering I believe that Physics was the most relevant for my course.
I completed my secondary education at Loreto College in Swords. I did my Leaving Cert in 1999 and started university studying Electronic Engineering in Dublin City University that same year. This was a four year degree course and I graduated with an honours degree in 2003.
My 4 years studying all aspects of electronic engineering has provided a good basis for my current job. This course starts from studying the fundamentals of electrical/mechanical engineering to covering more in-depth and varied subjects such as digital signal processing, object orientated programming, semiconductors and industrial engineering. Working in Intel, a semiconductor manufacturer, numerous subjects from the basics, to circuit and systems to semiconductor devices have helped with my present job.
Intel encourages continual training. I have undertaken many training courses within Intel focused towards better understanding and knowledge of my job role and the manufacturing processes.