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Career Opportunities

Our department prepares graduates for highly sought-after roles in the manufacturing and biopharmachem industries with excellent salary and career progression opportunities. Current roles of past graduates and employment sites include:

 

Automation Engineer

  • Automation (Pilz, ABB, Emerson, Zenith, Horizon Controls)
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche, Regeneron)
  • I.T. sector (EMC, Apple)

Analytical Chemist

  • BioPharmaChem (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • Environmental Analysis

Data Analytics (Data integration from PLC, DCS systems)

  • Software Integration Consultant (TQS Integration, ATS Global)

Instrumentation/Calibration 

  • Calibration specialists (Jones Engineering, Hanley, Douglas Control)
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • Energy and Natural Resources (Gas Networks Ireland, BP)

Quality Assurance Specialist

  • Pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Jansen, Roche)
  • Food industry (Kerry Group, Kellog, Heineken)

Environmental Monitoring Technician

  • Environmental Audit (Environet, EPA)
  • Water/Air quality analysis (Southern Scientific, EPA)


Here are updates of what some of our graduates are doing after graduation:

 

Eric Higgins

Eric Graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics and Instrumentation from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in 2013 and was awarded the International Society of Automation (ISA) Honours Degree Award the same year. Much like many of his classmates Eric found employment within days of graduating and is currently employed as a Product Development Engineer for a leading Instrumentation Company. Eric is also undertaking a part-time masters by research with the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analytics (CAPPA) in CIT where he is investigating and developing an improved instrument for the measurement of moisture in process powders aimed at the Dairy and Pharmaceutical Industry

 

Raymond Wolfe

Raymond Wolfe is currently researcher with the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analytics (CAPPA) in Cork Institute of Technology. He received a BSc degree in Applied Physics and Instrumentation from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and was awarded the International Society of Automation (ISA) Technologist award during his undergraduate studies.  He joined Eli Lilly in 1991 and during his career worked as a Process Automation Engineer, IT Professional and Instrument Engineer.  He also worked as consultant working with other companies in the pharmaceutical industry.  His current interest lie in the use of spectroscopic techniques applied to material characterisation for industrial applications.

 

Brian Hogan

I Graduated with a BSc Hons in Applied Physics and Instrumentation in 2014 and started a PhD in Applied Physics the following academic year. Upon completing the BSc I had both offers of employment and offers of further study. It was great to have these options as graduates of many other courses do not. All of my classmates obtained employment after graduation and many of them now work as Instrument/Automation Engineers here in Cork. As a PhD student here in CIT I am currently researching a new photonic device called a high contrast grating and investigating ways of fabricating it.

Salary Comparison

For an indication of the salary range for many of these roles:

 

https://www.morganmckinley.ie/salary-survey

 

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