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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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Mary Joyce, Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce is a Secondary School Teacher of Geography and PE and works in Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge, Co Kildare. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Limerick and also qualified as a Fitness Instructor under the NCEF.
In school I studied Geography, German, History and Economics along with the three core subjects. Geography is the only subject that has influenced by career as it was my elective subject in college and I am now teaching it along with PE. You need to consider the subject choices available with PE in your chosen course and college as it will be affected by your chosen subjects at leaving cert.
I attended Presentation Secondary School in Tralee. After that I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Limerick. This was a four year concurrent teaching degree. During my time there I also qualified as a Fitness Instructor under the NCEF. Since then I have participated in a number of teacher inservice courses in both PE and Geography.
The pedagogy (teaching) modules in both PE and Geography were probably the most crucial modules undertaken in college as they provided us with the skills necessary for the classroom. Video teaching allowed us to analyse our teaching from year one in college. The time we spent on teaching practice in both 2nd and 4th year were paramount to gaining experience before qualifying.
Besides inservice in both PE and Geography which I have taken and plan to do in the future I have no plans for further training at present.