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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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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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20 New Jobs with UTC Aerospace in Shannon

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20 New Jobs with UTC Aerospace in Shannon

Friday, September 25, 2015 

20 New Jobs with UTC Aerospace in Shannon

United Technologies Corp. (UTC), a company providing high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries, is set to announce the addition of 20 new jobs at a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in Shannon for its UTC Aerospace Systems business.

Shannon Aircraft Motor Works, a unit of UTC Aerospace Systems, will service the next generation of Smart Probe Air Data Information Management Systems and sensors for the commercial aircraft market in Europe.

These highly sophisticated computers and sensors provide flight critical information to the pilot and auto-pilot systems on speed, altitude, temperature, pitch and angle, etc., to ensure maximum flight safety.

Shannon Aircraft Motor Works currently employs 80 people and occupies a 28,000-square-foot facility servicing aircraft electrical power systems for the global market.

This announcement follows on another recent investment from United Technologies Corp. with the expansion of its major research facility, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited, in Cork, to develop cyber-physical systems for the global aerospace market.

Making the announcement from United Technologies Corp.’s Connecticut headquarters, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said: “I'm delighted to welcome the announcement by UTC of 20 new jobs on foot of a €6 million investment in its Shannon centre. This is a vote of confidence in the Irish economy and recognises the potential of the Shannon Group as a centre of aviation enterprise and jobs. The creation of such high quality jobs is a key part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs strategy for the regions. This Government will continue the work to grow investment in Ireland and to secure the country's recovery."

Details of career opportunities with UTC can be explored here.

Bob Butz, Vice President, Worldwide Repair of UTC Aerospace Systems, said: “We are delighted to expand our maintenance capabilities at our Shannon facility. With the support of the IDA, we look forward to growing our business in Ireland and providing more value for our customers.”

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

This project has been supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

The CareersPortal Team