January 10, 2022

A year of opportunities for the engineering sector in Ireland

Engineering in Ireland

The president of Engineers Ireland, Professor Orla Feely, recently highlighted the positive developments of Ireland’s engineering community and the wide range of opportunities available in the industry this year.

Last year was a challenging and disruptive time for many industries, including those working in the engineering market. Despite the number of hurdles, engineers in Ireland delivered several large-scale technical and innovative projects. The Institution of Engineers Ireland recently celebrated these industry achievements within the Engineering Excellence Digital Series, managed with the Electricity Supply Board (ESB).

From specific delivery on large-scale complex construction projects to innovation supporting the environment and climate goals, the video series covers the talent in these projects delivering innovation, sustainability and infrastructure in 2021. The series also explores the positive impacts that engineers have made to society, including Aisling Hahessy, the recent Engineer of the Year with Engineers Ireland, and her positive work on humanitarian and volunteer projects in Ireland.

Engineers Ireland is encouraging the engineering community and general public to view the series and appreciate the extent and scale of the projects developed by Ireland’s engineering community. 

Highlighting the achievements of the engineering talent in Ireland is one-way Engineers Ireland emphasises the diversity of the engineering market and the vital role engineers play in generating creative and sustainable solutions for today’s society. 

The focus on engineering is indicative of the vital work performed by Ireland’s talent and its critical impact on society. It also creates inspiration for people considering pursuing a career in the engineering field.

As we look forward to this year, several challenges are emerging, including those associated with climate change and the benefits generated from engineering solutions.

Various projects such as the greenway networks and the expansion and electrification of Ireland’s rail fleet will expand Ireland’s green infrastructure and both depend on engineering expertise. As a result, it is vital that we continue to support these skills across Ireland and back the future engineering talent required to meet the goals of Project Ireland 2040.a

Looking ahead, students in Ireland will be allowed to participate in STEM activities through the Engineers Ireland Steps programme, the only existing STEM outreach program focusing on engineering in Ireland. The program consists of key areas which involve engineering professionals and students to bring these experiences to life. Inspiring Ireland’s future engineering talent and encouraging young people to find out more about engineering and the transformational role they could play is critical.

View the Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB by visiting www.engineersireland.ie