Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Kerrie Horan from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process


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  Kerrie Horan

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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aer Lingus - (Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance) offer apprenticeships for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers - click here
  • Aer Arann - Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticship - click here
  • The Irish Army - recruits apprentices and cadets  click here
  • Dublin Aerospace - recruits aircraft technicians - click here
  • Cityjet  - recruits apprentice Aircraft Engineers - Click here
  • Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland - click here
Carpentry / Joinery
Construction Plant Fitter
  • ESB Ireland- opportunities for people to train as network technicians or electricians and fitters click here. Latest recruitment drive for ESB Apprentice Electricians and HGV Mechanics 2016 is now closed more
  • ETCI - Electro-Technical Council of Ireland - click here

Video: ESB Apprenticeship recruitment

Electrical Instrumentation


  • Mercury Engineering - apprentice electricians and plumbers -  click here
  • AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here
  • NMCI - National Maritime College of Ireland Tech Trainee / Apprenticeships - click here
  • Jones Engineering Group - click here
  • GSKinternational pharmaceutical and health care company with four locations in Ireland is seeking applications from school-leavers and graduates who are interested in apprenticeships in engineering in Cork, Dungarvan and Sligo. GSK is also recruiting apprentices in business and supply chain management for Dungarvan. Apprenticeships will begin in September. Application details here.


  • Farm Apprenticeship - see Teagasc


  • Irish Master Farriers Association - click here


  • AOL Engineering Ltd. - Fitter/Turner - click here

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

  • Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann - generally seek the following apprentices each year: Electricians, Fitter/Turner, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Vehicle Body Repairer
  • Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann - click here Bus Éireann recruitment for HGV Apprentice Mechanics Closed on 10th April 2016. Details Here
  • Irish Rail opportunities are advertised here
  • Volvo Trucks Great Britain & Ireland - click here

Hotel & Catering

  • Travelodge Management Apprenticeship Programme -click here


  • Racing - You can train to become a jockey at RACE in Co. Kildare - click here
  • Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association - click here

Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting

Motor Mechanic

Plumbing / Pipe Fitting 

Steel Fabrication & Welding

  • EIR (formerly Eircom) - Apprenticeship Progamme Open - Closing date for applications 31 March 2016- click here for full details

Video: eir Apprenticeship Programme 2016 (Closed for applications 11th April 2016)

Vehicle Body Repairer
  • SIMI - The Society of the Irish Motor Industry - Motor Industry Apprentices - click here
  • Horology - Diploma course for anyone who wants to become a watch and clock technician. The Irish/Swiss Institute of Horology, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Tel: 01 - 8213352
  • Delphi Adventure Centre (Apprentice Instructors) click here

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