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Kerrie Horan, Engineer - Process
Kerrie works as a Process Engineer for Intel in their Leixlip manufacturing facility. She choose to study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College, a course she highly recommends. After three and a half years working as a Mechanical Engineer, she took up her current position as Process Engineer.
Subjects I look were Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Business Studies and German for my Leaving Cert. All of which I have used since and believe it or not business aspects including accounting are an integral part of engineering
I would say that Physics and Applied Maths would have come in very useful as it was tough entering an Engineering Degree without having either of these.
I attended Colaiste Chiarain Secondary School in Leixlip.
I then attended Trinity College Dublin to Study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Once this four year course completed I started looking for a job and just this year I have gone back to college part time in Trinity to study a Higher Diploma in Project Management which is a 1 year course.
To start out with I was in manufacturing engineering so the modules in college with respect to this have been useful over the years. Obviously Engineering is quite mathematical hence the numerous flavors of Math's we did in college from Algebra to Statistics to Applied Maths. All have come in useful, not all at once but at some stage or another.
Within my job we are encouraged to further our education and the company will sometimes even fund it. As previously mentioned I am back as a student again studying Project Management which I believe I will use extensively in my job.
At Intel we are encouraged to continue our training and there are a number of courses available on site whether it is a Time Management course or a statistic source. My job deals with million dollar machines which have hundreds of different mechanical components as well as numerous different types of software so I need to be trained to a high standard so that I am able to fully trouble shoot any of problems that are encountered on this machine.
Training for this takes place in America, so my job also provides a great opportunity to travel and see the world while at the same time learning. I have also lived in USA for 1 year as part of training for our new factory. This gave me the opportunity to train under world class engineers and the experience was amazing. Not only did I really enjoy the experience I came home with a lot of new knowledge and skills that have been applied in my job here on an everyday basis.