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 Electronic Engineer, Brandon Blacoe who speaks about his role at Intel.
One of my main responsibilities under my technical supervisor is automating the testing of chips using python scripts. I am learning a great deal about python and the professional engineering lifestyle. Collaborating with other engineers is an important skill to have and learning how to use tools like GitHub makes it a lot easier! Another problem I helped solve was updating the code on the labs database which keeps track of where everything is. This allows us to access things much quicker and help me learn about server and client side coding languages. I am also working on my own project, building a robotic arm, using the facilities in the lab here. There is a team here that work on artificial intelligence and robotics within Movidius and the team leader offered to help attach a camera and provide some code that will allow the arm to adapt its movement based upon real-time vision, which I am very excited about!
Ultimately my role is a problem solver, sometimes interesting, sometimes mundane. I enjoy this as it helps me learn new things every day and there is a great sense of satisfaction in finding a solution. I believe this stemmed from primary and secondary school where I loved maths and my teacher told me I was particularly good at problem solving. I also enjoyed physics, DCG (design and communications graphics) and music. I am going back next year to complete my masters in electronic and computer engineering in UCD where I can hopefully find a research project related to my robot arm.
I can certainly say I am delighted to be here at Intel and really appreciate all the opportunities they are giving me. I would love to come back when I finish my masters.
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