How did you hear about the Jameson Engineering Programme?
I have always been passionate about the brewing and the distillation processes. So when one of my lecturers at Chemical engineering, CIT mentioned the Jameson Engineering Programme, I knew Irish Distillers could be my ideal employer.
What appealed to you most about the Jameson Engineering Programme?
So many things appealed to me. The mentoring and practical on the job training that the programme offers from very senior members of the production management team is excellent and really stood out for me.
What type of person fits into the Jameson culture?
Someone that is a team player, that enjoys new challenges, is proactive and has a hunger to learn something different every day.
What characteristics make a successful engineer at Jameson?
Attention to detail, we are the makers of the finest Irish whiskey in the world for a good reason!
Tell us about the exposure you got as a Jameson Graduate engineer?
The programme gave me a lot of exposure. For example, identifying process improvements, developing and commissioning a new product, investigating opportunities for improving energy efficiency, conducting sustainability projects, and so much more.
What was the most rewarding part of the Jameson Engineering Programme?
The most rewarding part of the programme was participating in a new product development from start to finish. The product was Method and Madness Micro Distilled Gin. The project involved performing trials on a small scale, commissioning a whole new process and production of the product. I am very proud of getting seeing to see something I helped develop, commission and produce on shelves.
What was the most challenging thing about being on the Jameson Engineering Graduate Programme?
As I was constantly learning, every day brought its challenges as well as its rewards. For example, imagine learning how to turn beer into a clear spirit? As a result, I developed a broad range of skills while working across a variety of projects.
What skills have you developed?
People are so important at Irish Distillers. This strong culture helped me to develop my communication and interpersonal skills.
What technical and soft skills training did you get?
In my daily work I developed many soft skills such as communication and critical thinking. I also did a Six Sigma Green Belt course which really improved my analytical thinking, improvement mindset and leadership skills.
What achievement are you most proud of?
It was probably securing a permanent position as Distiller at the Micro Distillery after the programme. The Micro Distillery it’s like a playground for distillers. I’ve learned how to make some of the best Irish whiskeys in the world while also being given the opportunity, and confidence, to experiment. Each day I am required to hone and test my skills to understand the fundamentals of world class distilling. I can’t wait to see the results from our maturing stocks.
What’s your favourite memory of the Programme?
My favourite memory is of the people and role models that I met during my training. It was amazing to learn from senior management across different departments.
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Any tips for anyone applying to the Programme?
Don’t be afraid of challenges and be always willing to learn something new every day.
Outside of the day job, what do you do for fun?
I love going for walks at the park or the beach with my dogs Peach and Pepper. I also love cooking for friends.