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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Alison Liddy - Product Development Engineer

Alison Lidddy is a Development Engineer with Cook Medical. 

My name is Alison Liddy and I work with Cook Medical as a Product Development Engineer. I started with Cook Medical almost two years ago, following positions with Roche and Boston Scientific’s R&D departments.

Undergraduate Degree

My undergraduate degree was a BSc in Chemistry and I studied Mathematics as my second subject. I also have a Masters Degree and PhD in Biochemical Engineering with work experience in the biotechnology and medical device industries as part of my studies.

Main Responsibilities 

My main responsibilities with Cook Medical include the management of research and development projects for the endoscopy business unit from the design phase to the manufacture of a commercial product.

This can include the design and testing of prototypes, seeking clinical input from doctors around the globe and patent publishing.

What to study

My advice to any student interested in pursuing a career in Med Tech is that an honours level science subject and honours maths at Leaving Certificate will really help when studying engineering and science at third level.

There are many ways of getting into the industry but the main thing to keep is mind is that commitment and passion for your studies and work goes a long way!

Article by: Smart Futures