THEMED ‘Bringing Dreams to Life, Engineers Week, running from February 25 to March 3, is an annual campaign to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland and the participation of engineering professionals and educators is requested to make week long event the most successful one yet. Engineering is about making ideas become reality. From ground-breaking medical devices that keep us alive, to the communication networks we rely on, from the entertainment products we enjoy to the cities we live in, engineers have an exciting impact on our world by helping to design and create what did not exist before.
John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, has called on enterprise and academia for their full support by getting actively involved. “It is vital that we as a profession enable the public to learn more about the impact of our work. Without the input of engineers, many great ideas would remain fixed in the imagination, rather than being turned into a reality. From the third level institutions which educate engineering students, to the firms which hire them, we must all reach out to the young and the curious, both to demonstrate the wide range of career options open to an engineer in Ireland, as well as the value of the service we provide to society.”
“Moreover, the ESRI, which examines demand for graduates up to 2030, recently expressed its optimism about job prospects in engineering,” he added.
Engineers Ireland is asking businesses and colleges to open up for a public tour, to run a series of engineering related workshops or activities or to develop an initiative of their own. In short, they are being called on to share the magic of engineering with their local community.
Those who wish to participate over the course of the week are invited to visit www.engineersweek.ie to upload their event or to learn more about the options available.