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How I Became an Engineer – Stephen Sherin

Process Engineer Stephen Sherin speaks about his pathway to engineering

National Engineers Week takes place this year from February 27th until March 5th. The week-long festival of nationwide events, of which Intel is a proud supporter, celebrates the world of engineering. 63% of all Intel employees are engineers and to coincide with Engineers Week, Intel Ireland will share our #HowIBecameanEngineer series. The series shares an insight into the many different and diverse pathways that can lead to a career in engineering. Next in the series is Process Engineer Stephen Sherin, who shares an insight into how he became an engineer.


Stephen Sherin
Process Engineer, Back End Wet Etch, Fab 24
Joined Intel in August 2020

Can you share a brief description of what your job today at Intel involves?
I work as part of a team of engineers to ensure that our tools run as effectively and efficiently as possible while constantly working to improve on quality, output and cost.

Tell us about your pathway to engineering?
My strongest subjects were always maths and the science in school and my favourite show growing up was Mythbusters on the Discovery Dhannel. This naturally pushed me towards the STEM route when picking my college course. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, so I picked the broadest STEM course available to me: Engineering. I ended up choosing Engineering in UCD and further narrowed my choice to study mechanical engineering in 2nd year of college. I was really happy with my decision as it was still a very broad field of study. I got to study materials, manufacturing, structures, and automotive & jet engine design.

I then decided to continue my study in UCD and do a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. As part of the masters I did an 8-month internship with an Engineering Design firm which allowed me to get proper engineering experience before even leaving college. Although I enjoyed the internship, I wasn’t too keen on working in an Engineering design consultant. This led me to explore other options like manufacturing. My sister worked in Intel as a product development engineer so she put me in contact with a few of her friends who worked in Fab 24. After only a few quick conversations they really sold me on the job. Shortly after that, I decided to apply to Intel as a process engineer, and I was lucky enough to get the job. Now I’m in Intel 6 months and very happy with my choice to come work here.

Check out the other stories in our How I became an Engineer series.


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