Abbott Vascular Mechanical Engineering Scholarship
The School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering is delighted to announce the inaugural CIT - Abbott Scholarship.
WHO ARE Abbott?
Abbott is a global health care company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of health care. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries. Abbott is headquartered in Chicago.
Abbott is one of Ireland’s largest health care companies, employing approximately 3,000 people. First established in Ireland in 1946, the company has grown to 11 sites with six of these engaged in manufacturing.
Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses. Abbott Vascular is uniquely focused on advancing the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education.
Our broad line of vascular devices–which includes vessel closure, endovascular and coronary technologies–are used to treat vessel diseases of the heart, carotid arteries and peripheral blood vessels. These vessel diseases can lead to heart attack, stroke, critical limb ischemia and other serious vascular conditions.
Abbott Vascular's manufacturing facility in Clonmel helps meet worldwide demand for vascular devices. The original facility was established by Digital Corp in 1980. In June 1995, it was sold to Seagate Technologies and subsequently acquired by Guidant in April 1998. Abbott acquired the Guidant vascular business in April 2006. In September of that year, Abbott's new 180,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Clonmel was officially opened. Today Abbott Vascular is a modern 250,000 square foot facility on a 19-acre site. There has been significant investment in the Clonmel facility in the past number of years, making it a centre of excellence in the manufacture of vascular devices.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?
- A funding contribution by Abbott towards your education for year 2, 3 and 4 of the Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (CR108) at CIT.
- Opportunity (although no obligation) for work placement with Abbott
- No obligation (on either party) post-graduation
WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO IN THE medical device INDUSTRY?
Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of roles in the medical device industry. These roles include:
- Design and construction of processes and process equipment
- Process control
- Provision of technical support to manufacturing operations
- Monitors performance of equipment, machines and tools and corrects equipment problems or process parameters that produce non-conforming products, low yields or product quality issues.
- Interfaces with quality and research and development organisations to integrate new products or processes into the existing manufacturing area.
- Supports the management and implementation of the company’s Business Excellence (BEx) Programme and tools.
- Safety engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Project management
WHAT ATTRIBUTES ARE abbott AND CIT LOOKING FOR IN THE SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT?
- A personal determination to apply her/his knowledge and skills in the promotion of human health and well-being.
- An appreciation of the role of a mechanical engineer in the design, construction and operation of a medical device plant.
- The potential to be creative and innovative in the design and implementation of solutions to engineering challenges.
- The interpersonal skills required to contribute to the optimal performance of multi-disciplinary teams and to ultimately lead such teams.
- The personal qualities of integrity and attention to detail required to ensure the safe provision of life-enhancing and life-saving products to our customers.
Online application form
Selected students invited for Interview (September)
Final awarding of scholarship will depend on interview performance and year 1 exam results.
THE INTERVIEW PANEL WILL CONSIDER SUCH THINGS AS:
- Academic interests
- Enthusiasm for the field of Mechanical Engineering and Medical Devices
- Involvement and achievements in extracurricular activities
- Interpersonal and communication skills