Eoghan Kavanagh, Manufacturing Engineer, Boston Scientific
Degree subjectBEng Biomedical Engineering (University of Limerick 2014)
Job titleManufacturing engineer
Employer Boston Scientific
Why did you decide to apply to Boston Scientific?
I was always interested in the medical devices sector, from the time I began studying Biomedical engineering. I was always keen on getting into a large company. I was lucky to end up in Boston Scientific.
What is your job now and what does it involve on a daily basis? What technical skills do you utilise regularly?
I started in Boston in July 2014 on the graduate programme where I rotated through 3 different functions; quality, equipment engineering and manufacturing engineering. Currently I am a Manufacturing Engineer with responsibility for a fully automated line where we build and package the Encore inflation device. Details of the job include problem solving issues, maintaining line up time, reducing scrap, and implementing projects to cut costs or increase output. All aims are to increase quality of product, meet the demands of customers and reduce the cost of doing so.
What was the application and selection process and what tips would you have for future applicants?
The application process for the graduate programme entails; a psychological assessment first, then a role play assessment and finally an interview. It seems to be a long process before you begin but it can be over quickly. The few tips I could provide would be to; come with an open mind, make sure you have the team’s interest at heart, take note of your surroundings while on site and be enthusiastic; you won’t get any job if you look like you don’t want it
How do you hope to see your career developing?
I am constantly learning new skills and each day is a different challenge. There are great opportunities within Boston Scientific and I would like to see myself in a people management role in the next few years.
What advice would you have for students when it comes to choosing a career path?
If you feel you are interested in a particular area, try and find someone in that industry to get some tips. If at all possible, don’t make a decision without talking to someone who is in the position you are aiming for, even if you don’t know them that well; most people are very open and will help you out.