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Rebecca Tighe, Process Engineer
Rubecca graduated from TCD with a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. She applied to Intel after leaving college through their online jobs applications system, and successfully secured a job as a Process Engineer. Now she works in the hi-tech clean rooms producing the computer chips used everyday across the globe.
Physics, Biology, Higher level maths. I think physics and maths played a huge role in influencing my career decisions. Physics allowed me to develop an interest in understanding how things work and what the practical limitations on designs are. While maths allowed me to develop the logical thinking and problem solving skills which are essential to engineers in their every day jobs.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and a bachelor’s of Arts in Maths. I started in Intel a few months after I graduated from Trinity College Dublin.
Maths was a huge part of my course and it helped me gain a set of problem solving skills which I utilise every day on the job. My thesis taught me a lot about data manipulation and extraction which is a skill used every day in work.
At the moment I’m still training into a new career in Intel, so currently I am busy getting up to standard with the in s and outs of running the process. I hope to advance on to do my masters and PhD in future years and know that Intel will help me to do this.