National Engineers Week takes place this year from March 2nd – 8th. The week-long festival of nationwide events, of which Intel is a proud supporter, celebrates the world of engineering. To coincide with Engineers Week, Intel Ireland will this week share our #IAMANENGINEER campaign which captures the diverse and dynamic world of engineering through the eyes of a number of different Intel engineers. Next in the series is Dermot McGahon, a Software Engineer who speaks about his role at Intel.
My name is Dermot McGahon and I’m a software engineer. This is actually my second time working at Intel. I worked here while studying Computer Systems at University of Limerick and for the second time when Irish based company Movidius were acquired by Intel in 2016.
I used to spend my days writing computer programs, using a variety of computer languages and for different kinds of industries, that enable all the clever things we do on our computers and other devices. These days, I mostly help to organise other computer programmers and help them to be more organised and productive.
On any given day, my job can involve: project planning and tracking; rolling out process improvement initiatives; evaluating and arranging for the introduction of state-of-the art software development tools; interviewing so that we grow our team; and basically anything related to checking that customer requirements are communicated, leading to well implemented programs that correctly fulfill those requirements.
This job can be surprisingly people focused. While some of the work happens on an individual level, the whole only comes together through team work. There can be disagreements about what happens when and in what order. These sorts of things all need to be figured out, by people.
In school, I studied History and Economics, as well as the usual subjects. You can always learn Computer Science later on. Higher mathematics does help though. This was an area I struggled with at times, until I filled in the gaps later in life. Some mathematics will always be beyond me and that is okay. We don’t all have to know the same things!
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