With increasing demand for suitably trained staff, opportunities are available in technical, trade and professional areas.
Most jobs within this sector will require a specialist degree in the area or a primary degree in a STEM-related area with a post graduate qualification.
Sustainable energy policy encompasses environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy, across all sectors of the economy including public bodies, the business sector, local communities and individual consumers.
Most people entering the sustainable energy sector are qualified up to 3rd level and come either from directly related couses or from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based backgrounds.
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.
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There is a lot of diversity working with J&J and there isn’t any set routine. I like to rise early - in a previous life I used to do a lot of training. With this job, some days I’m working offsite, some days I’m working in different countries or with people in different time zones so there are no two days the same. I generally finish about six in the evening.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
I am a team leader at J&J and I am responsible for the Energy Team within the site. My duties include energy management, how we buy it, how we use it and planning for the future. My responsibility ranges from electricity on site of 20,000 volts which comes in from the main energy distribution, right down to 230 volts for your typical bulbs and lights.
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What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.
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