Electronic engineering was a good basis for building a career in tech

Engineering
Technology has moved rapidly over the years, but even in my current role, I still encounter aspects of the course that I was thought, which is very applicable to the internet of things (IoT) era that we live in where sensors are being used in an intelligent manner to impact your everyday citizen and society as a whole. If interested in this space WIT has a new IoT course that you should consider.

Technology has moved rapidly over the years, but even in my current role, I still encounter aspects of the course that I was thought, which is very applicable to the internet of things (IoT) era that we live in where sensors are being used in an intelligent manner to impact your everyday citizen and society as a whole. If interested in this space WIT has a new IoT course that you should consider.

Experience in software development, testing methodologies and processes at WIT formed a good basis to build a career, says research unit manager in TSSG

Frances Cleary is a past pupil of Mercy Convent, Waterford City and currently research unit manager in TSSG, came to WIT to study BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering.  The work she has gone on to do includes working with European counterparts, industry and business to develop a new and secure truck navigation system which prevents such large vehicles from ever being used in a terror attack.

Time at WIT
1997-2000

Why did you choose your course?
I chose this course, as I had an interest in gaining an insight into electronics, how things worked, what technologies were utilised. I chose WIT as the main place to study, as it had a good reputation and a good course relating to this specific area. Plus being from Waterford originally, I was delighted to be able attend college locally.

What was your experience?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at WIT and I learned a lot during the course and gained lifelong friends.

Can you recall your feeling when finding out you were offered a place in WIT
I was delighted when I found out I was accepted to WIT and was looking forward to the challenge ahead, and the opportunity to learn.

What advice would you give to students considering your course?
Technology has moved rapidly over the years, but even in my current role, I still encounter aspects of the course that I was thought, which is very applicable to the internet of things (IoT) era that we live in where sensors are being used in an intelligent manner to impact your everyday citizen and society as a whole. If interested in this space WIT has a new IoT course that you should consider.

If your course included a work placement, what was it like and how has it been of benefit?
At the time I had my internship in Honeywell Measurex Waterford, this was a great learning experience and a valuable time to gain an insight into a real industrial workplace and how things ran.

When and where was your first job after graduating?
Ericsson Ireland Limited in Athlone, Ireland.

Where are you currently working? 
Research unit manager in TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology.

How has your studies at WIT helped you to get where you are today?
They helped start my career and get me into a good industry where I was exposed to many software development and testing methodologies and processes. This formed a good basis as I moved more into management roles at a later stage.

How did your experience at WIT help get you to where you are now?
It formed a good basis, to build my career upon. Following my time in Ericsson I joined TSSG research group in WIT. After joining TSSG I gained a lot of knowledge of research activities and new and emerging technologies. Here I have a varied, interesting and very enjoyable role that I thoroughly enjoy every day.

Further reading

Read a feature on women working in tech

Related Courses

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Electronic Engineering

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