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We asked Kerrie Horan from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:
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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Donal Og Cusack, Automation/Energy Engineer
Donal Óg Cusack is an Automation/Energy Engineer for Johnson & Johnson Ireland. He is team leader within the company who brings his team player skills from his sporting days to his current role. At present he is studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.
The STEM subjects I studied in school were what led me to have an interest in this area of work and if I could go back to my school days I would put an emphasis on studying these subjects more and maybe doing better in them.
I sat my Leaving Cert at Middleton CBS, I served my time as an electrician and went on to become an electrical engineer. Presently I am doing a masters in Automation Engineering in UCC.
Studying the STEM subjects at school provided a great basis for my engineering career, also the masters I am studying at the minute in UCC is very relevant to my job.
Yes I am currently undertaking further training as I am studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.