Ross Mc Morrow- MSc in Computing (Data Science)

Name: Ross McMorrow

Job Title: Engineering Technician

Course: Masters in Data Science

Ross McMorrow is currently studying the Masters in Data Science, as a part-time online student at ATU Sligo. Ross previously studied Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics and has worked in industry for several years in Maintenance and Technician roles.  

Coming from an Engineering background, Ross believes that the Masters in Data Science is opening up a world of opportunity for him, particularly with the Industry 4.0 movement. The lines between Engineering and IT are blurring, with new opportunities for Engineers with data science skills evident across the Manufacturing sector.  

As part of the course, Ross has mastered skills in Python programming, giving him the ability to extract and manipulate machine data. He can see the practical application of the skills already. Extracting data from multiple sources and using Machine Learning algorithms to predict optimum machine maintenance schedules. Ultimately these skills will help minimize machine downtime and can result in real commercial benefits.    

With Industry investing in upgrading and modifying older production lines to transition into smart facilities, Ross can see how modules such as Machine Learning, Data Visualization and Statistics will be relevant to the Engineers of the future.  Opportunities to build Big Data sets by merging external sources, machine and historical data open huge opportunities for machine learning algorithms to streamline data management within industry.  

With companies rapidly ramping up efforts to maximize their digital business model, the current skills shortage of Data Scientists makes the career choice attractive to Engineers from diverse backgrounds, attracting high salaries across industry.  

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