Electrical / Instrumentation Apprenticeship Phase 1
Why did you choose to pursue an apprenticeship?
I chose to do an apprenticeship because engineering was my favourite subject at school and I have always enjoyed working with my hands. I excelled in engineering in school, coming in the Top 5 in Cork for my Leaving Cert Engineering Project. For my project I built and designed a model amusement park ride. Along with completing the apprenticeship scheme in GSK Cork I am also attending an additional third level course – SCADA and Automation in Cork Institute of Technology - as I feel the mix of practical and theoretical will be the best way to give me a head start in my engineering career.
What is the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?
Even though I am only three months into my apprenticeship, the main highlight to date has been expanding my knowledge of how the electrical and instrument sides of industry are operated, plus the exposure to how a large organisation like GSK works has been really insightful.
Describe a normal day.
A normal working day for me will usually consist of mirroring an experienced Electrical Instrumentation Technician, observing them carry out a number of calibrations and then doing them myself under supervision. It’s great to learn by doing!
How would you describe your role in 5 words?
Interesting, challenging, educational, satisfying and enjoyable.
What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?
Research the type of apprenticeship you would like to do, try and get some relevant work experience first and speak to an advisor at SOLAS to consider your options.