Engineering Graduate says WIT gave the tools needed for the industry

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John O' Shea, BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering graduate

John O' Shea, BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering graduate

From electronic engineering at WCFE to the BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering at WIT, graduate John talks about his experience as a WIT student

What did you do before studying at WIT?
I studied in WCFE (Waterford College of Further Education) in the Electronic Technology course. From here I went onto Mechanical Engineering in WIT.

What motivated you to take up study?
From studying Electronic Technology, I knew I wanted to focus myself into the engineering field. I enjoyed electronics, however I wanted to branch into a different area after the initial course in Electronics.

Why did you choose your course/ to study at WIT/ study in Waterford?
Reviewing the various courses in WIT, I opted for Mechanical Engineering. I decided on this course because the modules covered looked to be very interesting and the course offered both hands on and theory elements. Upon completion of this course, I went on to the BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering in WIT. The course was very interesting and challenging.

What advice would you give to students considering your course?
If you have an interest in understanding how machinery operates or want to open opportunities in a very broad sector/Industry, these courses are very good at providing the knowledge and ability needed to work in multiple industries.

What's your advice to someone considering studying at third level?
Most industries now are looking for a minimum of a level 6/7 in order to get a interview in the company. Studying a third level course will open many doors in an area that you find interesting.

Since Graduating 

When and where was your first job after graduating?
Sanofi Genzyme as a Graduate Engineer. I finished my course in 2016 and started working at Sanofi 2 months after completing my last exam.

Where are you currently working? What position do you currently hold?
I am currently in Sanofi Genzyme as a Graduate Engineer in my second Rotation of Validation.

What do you hope to hope to achieve in the future?
I hope to futher develop my engineering career.

How has your studies at WIT helped you to get where you are today?
WIT gave me the attention to detail and tools that I needed for this industry.

Did your work placement / internship or contact with the Careers Centre help get you to where you are now?
I made great use of the Careers Centre at WIT. They set up mock interviews to imitate a job interview situation which I found helpful for any proper interview that followed.

What advice would you give to students considering your course?
If you have an interest in understanding how machinery operates or want to open opportunities in a very broad sector/Industry, these courses are very good at providing the knowledge and ability needed to work in multiple industries.

What advice would you give to those unsure of college or of what course to pick?
Pick a course you find interesting, do not pick something

Related Courses

Higher Certificate in Engineering in  Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Engineering (Common Entry)

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