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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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INTEL Ireland Fab 24 NOW Recruiting

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INTEL Ireland Fab 24 NOW Recruiting

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 

INTEL Ireland Fab 24 NOW Recruiting

Intel Ireland are currently looking for a large number of Level 6 and Level 7 Engineering graduates for its Fab 24 facility in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

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Ireland is Intel's centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. Since 1989, Intel has invested $12.5 billion, turning 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park into the most advanced industrialised campus in Europe. Over the past 2 decades Intel in Ireland has come to represent a mixture of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing to cutting edge research and design. Today, Intel has 5,200 employees across the island of Ireland.

The majority of the Intel workforce in Ireland is based at the Leixlip campus in County Kildare. This is the location for Intel’s high-volume, advanced manufacturing facilities, currently preparing to produce 14nm process technology on 300mm wafers with full production beginning in 2015.

The combined manufacturing space at the Leixlip campus has been operational since the early 1990’s and since then, has produced a variety of process technologies on both 200mm and 300mm wafer sizes.

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