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#Gradstories Patrick O'Sullivan, Intel

22 Jun 2023, 13:23

Patrick O'Sullivan discusses his career as a Manufacturing Technician with Intel.

Patrick O'Sullivan, Manufacturing Technician, Intel

What does a typical day look like for you?

I meet up with the team and take a look at what work has been passed on from the previous shift. The work is then divided between team members. How the work is divided depends on the skills that are required for the tasks. The more experienced staff members take the more complex jobs and training opportunities are given to those who would benefit from them.

What are the main skills you need to be successful in your roles?

As a manufacturing technician you need to be good with your hands. If you come from an engineering background, these skills will come relatively naturally to you.

People skills are also very important in the workplace. You will be working with all sorts of people, and you need to be able to interact with them.

What was your career break?

I started studying automation engineering in college. After one year, I decided that it wasn’t for me and switched to mechanical engineering. I did one year of level 8 and then started sending out CVs. I managed to get the job with Intel, and it has been pretty good since.

What advice would you give to a student?

Push yourself and go out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to engage with people, they’re generally very friendly and there to help you.

What do you like about your job?

I love the flexibility within the job. My primary role is as a manufacturing technician, I am responsible for the maintenance of the machines, but I have been able to work with CAD, 3D printers and augmented reality. The scope within the job is endless.

How have you adjusted to working from home?

I was always required to come in onsite. Recently I have had the opportunity to work from home, but I chose not to. From what I can see, the people who can work from home enjoy the flexibility. It will definitely be a part of the way we work in the future.

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