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Engineers Week 2016

 

Engineers Week 2016

Students visiting last years event

 

This year Engineer’s Week will mark its tenth consecutive year. Engineers Ireland’s annual nationwide celebration of engineering will take place between 28th February and 5th March 2016.

 

In the Donegal Region events are taking place throughout the week to show young people the many types of work engineers do. These include engineering workshops and events such as “Electronic Engineering & the Internet of Things” which takes place in the Tip O'Neill suite in the Sliabh Sneacht Centre in Inishowen on March 3rd.

 

For older students a careers event with local engineering companies and staff will take place on March 1st. Students will get an opportunity to meet engineers working across the industry in Donegal.

 

Stephen Flynn of Engineers Ireland said “Many students assume that engineering is only about construction and while that is a very important part of what engineers do, we are involved in much more here in Donegal. For example we have Abbott Diabetes Care, based in Donegal which is a centre of excellence for the development and manufacture of blood glucose monitoring strips for use in the management of diabetes. The team in Donegal comprises scientists, electronic and mechanical engineers in the research, development and manufacturing of next generation technology, processes and materials for people with diabetes around the world. We also have the E&I Engineering Group who are a leading Electrical Switchgear & Busbar Trunking manufacturer operating throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, the Middle East and U.S.A, serving large scale industrial and commercial markets. Other companies providing worldwide services are Pramerica’s software development group and Randox Teoranta, the international clinical diagnostics company.”

 

This is Donegal’s second year running the careers event and it follows very successful events in 2015 attended by over 400 students between Letterkenny and Donegal. Other companies attending this year include RPS Consulting Engineers, KH Chartered Consulting, HD McKay Consulting Engineers, Maurice Johnston Partners, RenNet, LyIT, Zeus, ESB, TEREX, DSM Engineering Services and South West College.

 

A key concern of Engineers Ireland is to encourage more women into engineering Stephen noted that while women make up half of the population only 11% of Engineer’s Ireland members are women. This is of concern are we are missing the talent and abilities of many women and we would encourage girls as well as boys to attend the events.

 

Notes for editors

 

With over 23,000 members from every discipline of engineering, Engineers Ireland is the voice of the engineering profession in Ireland.

 

We have been representing the engineering profession since 1835, making us one of the oldest and largest professional bodies in Ireland.

 

Members come from every discipline of engineering, and range from engineering students to fellows of the profession.

 

In Donegal we have over 400 members who meet regularly attending evening events and lectures as well as social events.

 

More information is available at www.steps.ie , www.engineersweek.ie   and www.engineersireland.ie  

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