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We asked Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:
|Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work. They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.
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Donal Og Cusack, Automation/Energy Engineer
Donal Óg Cusack is an Automation/Energy Engineer for Johnson & Johnson Ireland. He is team leader within the company who brings his team player skills from his sporting days to his current role. At present he is studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.
The STEM subjects I studied in school were what led me to have an interest in this area of work and if I could go back to my school days I would put an emphasis on studying these subjects more and maybe doing better in them.
I sat my Leaving Cert at Middleton CBS, I served my time as an electrician and went on to become an electrical engineer. Presently I am doing a masters in Automation Engineering in UCC.
Studying the STEM subjects at school provided a great basis for my engineering career, also the masters I am studying at the minute in UCC is very relevant to my job.
Yes I am currently undertaking further training as I am studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.