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Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process

Intel

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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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Polymer Processing Technologist
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Polymer Processing Technologist

This new Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship is aligned with the needs of the Irish plastics industry. The first apprentices will start in May 2017.

The Polymer Processing Technologist will be responsible for the efficient set up and operation of polymer processing lines in the fields of injection moulding, blow moulding or extrusion for the production of plastic components relevant to industry standards.

The polymer processing apprenticeship programme has been developed by Plastics Ireland (a business association within Ibec) along with Athlone Institute of Technology (coordinating provider), Institute of Technology Sligo and representatives from the plastics industry.


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This is a three year apprenticeship programme with an approved employer. 70% of the time is spent on the job and the remaining 30% is spent in the allocated Institute of Technology.



Award: A Bachelor of Science in Polymer Processing Technology.


Personal Qualities header image

An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering sectors.


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The main skills in this role are:

  • Plastics processing; moulding characteristics; engineering principles; reading of engineering drawings; thorough understanding of polymer materials and processing.
Polymer processing activities include:
  • Injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion.
  • Polymer processing equipment includes materials handling equipment, injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion equipment, tooling, robotics, metrology equipment, printing, post processing/packaging automation, clean room equipment, 3D printing/additive manufacturing and labelling equipment.
Working with Plastics processing equipment including various systems:
  • Electrical, electro-mechanical, electro-pneumatic, electronic, temperature and pressure control systems, hydraulic, and microprocessor based systems.
In order to function effectively and efficiently, the polymer processing technician must have a broad base of technical knowledge and analytical skills to cover material science, polymer processing and statistical processing control.

Also important is the ability to read technical drawings and machine data and the understand the proper use of test instruments.


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Apprenticeships are paid employment allowing the apprentice to “earn while they learn”.


Entry Requirements header image

  • Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Grade 06 at ordinary level in 5 subjects, 2 of which must be Maths and a language (English or Irish).


Getting an Apprenticeship header image

Who should get involved?

  • School leavers (leaving certificate)
  • Existing Production Operators and Technicians who want to train or retrain in the Plastics and Polymer processing sectors and progress along NFQ to level 7.
The first apprentices will start in May 2017. It is anticipated that both individual companies and Plastics Ireland will advertise through their websites. 


Career Opportunities header image

  • Ireland is now one of the largest exporters of polymer products in Europe, with annual exports of 1.7 billion euro to over 100 countries worldwide.
  • Each year the Irish polymer industry pays out 266 million euro in wages.
  • The Irish polymer industry is well established and offers a broad range of career opportunities.


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Engineer - Polymer

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