A Day in the Life of

The Mega ‘A Day In The Life Of’ video’s highlight the vast array of job opportunities within the manufacturing and engineering sector.  Find out what employees do every day in their respective job roles and what inspired them to follow this career path.

Ciara Barskietis

Logistics Manager
Sandvik

Ciara is Logistics Manager at Sandvik Mobiles. Looking back on her time in education, Ciara says there was an assumption that Manufacturing was simply standing on an assembly line and there wasn’t an understanding of all the other areas that feed into that such as supply chain, logistics, finance and engineering. Ciara has seen the industry move forward leaps and bounds and as more women are attracted to a career in engineering and manufacturing, she hopes to see this trend continue into the future.


Conor Murray

Machine Operator
Specialist Joinery Group

Conor is a Machine Operator at Specialist Joinery Group based in Maghera. Conor working mainly in the solid timber machine shop shaping and moulding solid timber. Conor studied a degree at Queen’s University before beginning an apprenticeship at the Specialist Joinery academy.


Andrew Frizelle

CNC Machinist
Northern Hydraulics

Andrew is one of the lead CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinists at Northern Hydraulics Ltd based in Coalisland. Andrew controls machines to make products; setting up different machinery to perform different jobs. After a couple of years of university and deciding this wasn’t the right path for him, Andrew went to Belfast Tech to complete a HND in Manufacturing and Engineering. Shortly after that, he joined the team at Northern Hydraulics and has been there ever since.


Simon Parr

Product Solutions Engineer
CK International

Simon is a Product Solutions Engineer at CK International Ltd based in Dungannon. Simon helps the sales team to provide the correct solutions so the customer, technically and design-wise. Simon studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at South West College before studying Mechatronic Engineering at Ulster University.


Bert Elliott

Welding Supervisor
Specdrum

Bert grew up in Dungannon and went to St. Patrick’s College. The subjects that interested him most were Science, Technology & Design. Bert left school to work as a bricklayer but quickly changed career paths when the housing market collapsed. He started work in Specdrum in 2011 as a welder and was promoted to welding supervisor in 2014. Bert not only completed all his welding qualifications but went onto achieve a HNC in Manufacturing & Engineering and a L3 ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management.


Euan Speirs

Electrical Engineer
TES

Euan did his A-Levels and then went onto do a Gold Engineering apprenticeship at SWC.  He is now studying towards his foundation degree and enjoys the fact that he can now relate the theory learned to real life problems and tasks in the workplace. Euan has leant a lot since working at TES and would encourage young people to consider doing an apprenticeship.


Kirsty Mincher

IMS Co-ordinator
Dawson Manufacturing & Engineering

Kirsty works for Dawson Manufacturing & Engineering Ltd. She is the IMS Representative and looks after HR & Health and Safety. After school Kirsty did a business degree and started her career working in an administration role which led to working in health & safety, quality and environmental.  She loves the variety in her job and the fact that every day is different.


Julie Burnett

Manufacturing Engineer
Terex

Julie studied at Ulster University and graduated top of her class with a first-class honours degree in Clean Technology. She went to school in St. Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore were she studied Maths, Biology & Home Economics at A’Level and History to AS Level.  She had originally planned on studying Biomedical Engineering or Dietetics before she changed her direction to study Clean Technology.

Julie loves her job as a Manufacturing Engineer in Terex, Dungannon.


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