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Everything you need to know about being an engineer

6 Mar 2020

Catch up on everything you might have missed during Engineers Week 2020, from insights into working life to jobs news.

Ever wondered what’s involved in being an engineer? To mark Engineers Week, we heard from a variety of people working in the field, from biopharma to DevOps.

In pharmaceutical engineering, for example, we heard from MSD Ballydine’s Eileen O’Connell, Amgen’s Michelle Somers and 12 employees at BMS about how they got to their current positions and what they enjoy about their jobs.

Looking at other fields, we talked to Srirekha Krishnan. She started out pursuing biotechnology, but computer applications caught her attention at university. Now, Krishnan works as a test engineer and quality assurance lead at Dun & Bradstreet, having moved to Ireland from India a number of years ago.

Another engineer who relocated to Ireland is Adrian Fachal, who visited from Spain for a week-long trip three years ago and now works at Viasat in Dublin as a DevOps tech lead. He told us about the other interests his employer helps him explore, including playing music with the office band.

Jobs news

There were also plenty of jobs announcements for engineers throughout the week.

We took a look at 31 companies across Ireland that all currently hiring for engineering talent – from biopharma and building networks to fintech and fashion platforms.

Major news also came from US tech company HubSpot, which opened its new offices in Dublin. The company is already recruiting for 450 new jobs across engineering, sales and services support staff.

Meanwhile, Keurig Dr Pepper announced plans to build a new site for its concentrate processes in Newbridge, Co Kildare, which will see 50 new hires across such roles as HR director, flavour technology senior scientist and process development engineer.

Further north, 15 new jobs will be created in Derry after Limerick-headquartered Deveire revealed plans to build a new software development facility in the region.

And Belfast will be home to a new R&D centre for Dublin company Glofox, a fitness management software firm. Opportunities at the new site will include positions for graduates, product managers and software engineers, with around 12 jobs opening up.

Words of wisdom

Given the great opportunities cropping up across the country, your employees might start looking for something new. If that is the case – whether they’re engineers or not – this advice from Hays’ Jane McNeill could help.

Here, McNeill outlines eight major signals that staff could be planning on handing in their resignation.

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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