Issue 15 | November 2018

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Demand for engineers, World Bank collaboration, new Industry 4.0 policy

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Welcome to the November Connect edition on the eve of our Excellence Awards.  We have a fantastic shortlist accessible here and I wish everyone a wonderful evening tomorrow night (Friday) at this flagship recognition event for our profession. 

This morning I was on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland talking about the results of our latest employer survey. This survey shows a demand for 6,000 new jobs in the engineering sector next year.  Findings also indicate that 89% of the engineering employers surveyed believe their financial position will improve in 2019, despite the ongoing Brexit challenge.  The full press release is available here and the radio interview is here.

Also in the media, it was gratifying that the expert view of the profession was sought via Engineers Ireland by the Irish Times for its Capital Ideas themed articles last Saturday. These were about improving Dublin’s infrastructure, economy and daily life. The articles are here. We have received very positive feedback about our input.  As you know the first strategic objective of our organisational strategy is to raise the profile of the profession and Engineers Ireland as its leading expert voice.

Around the country it has been a busy time for our committed sectors.  Some more informal events proving to be very successful have included student and industry networking pizza nights held in Limerick and Cork. See above a picture of the latest event in Cork organised with our Cork Region, CIT, UCC, Gas Networks Ireland, Arup, Tandem Project Management and the PM Group.

Finally below there is a link to our new Industry 4.0 policy paper and information about an exciting opportunity for you to be part of our new collaborative partnership with the World Bank.

With best wishes

Caroline Spillane

Director General, Engineers Ireland


My CPD - Celebrating World Quality Day today 8 November

Use My CPD to demonstrate your Quality

According to the Chartered Quality Institute, UK, quality is a question of trust, but trust is temporary and needs to be built and sustained with stakeholders – employers, clients, colleagues, public and society as a whole.

Similarly, competence is a question of trust and needs to be maintained and enhanced in order to establish trustworthiness with your stakeholders, especially in this world of ever-accelerating change.
Engineers maintain and enhance competence through continually learning. How do you show that you are doing so? You record it on ‘My CPD’.

At interview, for tenders, for promotion, or when applying for professional titles, increasingly our members are being asked to demonstrate how they have been learning throughout their career.  ‘My CPD’ our online recording tool, is quick and easy to use and allows you to record and present your CPD throughout your career. It is a requirement for all members (excluding students and retired members) to make their CPD declaration using ‘My CPD’.

The deadline for completing your 2018 CPD declaration is 31 January 2019 (but don’t leave it to the last minute!). There are many learning activities that count as CPD – most of them are free, many you are doing already.

If you want some help, you can see here how to use My CPD.

If you work for a CPD Accredited Employer, you can avail of the dispensation and avoid duplicating CPD records.  But you do need to make your CPD declaration on ‘My CPD’.

Log in to MY CPD and update your record.

Selected course

MEETA Conference 2018

CPD Credit: 6 hours

Dublin, Clyde Road, Friday 30 November


Selected jobs this month

Engineer, Enniskillen, Waterways Ireland

Resident Roads Engineer, KIldare, Atkins

Senior Environmental Engineer, Limerick, JBA Consulting


Superhero Ambassadors ‘call to action’ for Engineers Week

Engineer and Mayo GAA star Tom Parsons and Orla Murphy, Engineering Quality Transformation Manager at Jaguar Land Rover were recently unveiled as engineering Superhero Ambassadors for our annual festival, Engineers Week, taking place from Saturday 2 March - Friday 8 March 2019.

The ambassadors have joined forces with Engineers Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to issue a ‘call to action’ to schools, businesses, third-level institutions and local authorities across Ireland to start planning and registering for Engineers Week 2019. This campaign held annually, promotes engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. The week is also kindly supported by TII, ARUP and ESB.

Tom Parsons, a Chartered Engineer (pictured above) working in civil engineering at Jacobs, said: “Like athletes, engineers have unique abilities to push boundaries and overcome great challenges, and so I’m delighted to support Engineers Week 2019 - and I urge schools, families, and students across the country to support what is now a vital annual event in the engineering calendar.”

Orla Murphy, also a Chartered Engineer, (pictured below left) said: “Growing up, engineering wasn’t even on my radar, but I loved maths, physics and music.  I couldn't decide what I wanted to be and considered becoming a vet or a doctor.  It wasn't until the discovery of an engineering course that was a third maths, a third physics and a third music that I had that eureka moment of ‘that’s what I want to do with my life’ – and I’ve never looked back. 

"Engineering is so diverse and varied, and I’m thrilled to support Engineers Week 2019 as an Engineering Superhero Ambassador and I look forward to inspiring students to explore the limitless opportunities a career in the area offers.”

For more information and to get involved, visit:

Pictured above with Tom Parsons are two engineering superheroes Hollie and Riley together with Dee Kehoe (right), Engineers Ireland STEPS Director & Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement with SFI (left).


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Engineers Ireland’s new policy statement on Industry 4.0

Digitalisation is becoming pervasive in our daily lives and is driving a level of connectivity never before seen in society. Connectivity tools are now providing the backbone, together with advances in production machinery, process control (including the upskilling/re-skilling of employees) and materials technologies, of a revolution in global manufacturing, generally referred to as Industry 4.0 – the 4th Industrial Revolution.

On Tuesday last, Engineers Ireland published our policy statement on Industry 4.0 and its implications for Irish manufacturing. The policy statement considers the current state of play and Ireland’s ability to maximise the benefits of implementing Industry 4.0 techniques and technologies as appropriate. You can read the policy statement here.

At the launch event at our office in Clyde Road, Caroline Spillane, Director General (pictured above with Richard Manton, Deputy Registrar & Policy Officer, holding the report) and Paul Dillon (above right) and Conor Sheehan (above left) of our Mechanical and Manufacturing Division, emphasised that national action is now needed, as a matter of urgency, to prepare Ireland for Industry 4.0. This is to ensure that our manufacturing base survives and flourishes in the future providing high-value employment and growing exports.

The launch event, which was also attended by our President, Peter Quinn, was followed by an expert panel on ‘Working with Robotics: Now and the Future’ featuring Brian Cooney (KUKA Robotics), Paul Collins (DesignPro Ltd) and Ken Horan (IMR).


Our Northern Region

- aiming to increase visibility and engagement

Dr Robert Eadie, Chair of our Northern Region talks about some forthcoming activities including the Sir Bernard Crossland lecture with a special guest from Rolls-Royce.

A key focus for our Northern Region is to increase visibility and engagement. We are reshaping our Graduates and Students Committee with an aim to reach out to local universities to find ways to better represent our students and graduates.

As the Northern Region Representative, I am due to take up the role of Chair for the Construction Professionals Council Northern Ireland in January, and I will continue to represent the Northern Region at government level. With the lack of a devolved assembly in Northern Ireland this role is crucially important, now more than ever.      

Our committee members are all taking part in events across Northern Ireland as representatives of the Northern Region. Frank Given, our Liaison Committee Representative, is guest lecturing at Ulster University Business School. Pauline Warde, our Vice Chair (pictured left above with myself, as Chair of the Northern Region but also representing Ulster University Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Dr Margaret Morgan, Course Director, Mechanical Engineering, Ulster University), took part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Engineering Week event ‘Diversity in Engineering’. 

On 12 November we are hosting a joint lecture with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) on the Belfast Rapid Transport Infrastructure Delivery scheme. The scheme’s aim is to provide an attractive alternative to private car use and promote sustainable regeneration across Belfast City, linking people with jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges and entertainment.

As always, the highlight of our calendar is the Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture. Our speaker on 19 February is Frank Kirkland, Chief Designer, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, on the topic ‘The Changing Economic Situation.’

To join our Northern Region please click the button below. We would be delighted to see you at any of our events.

Robert Eadie

Chair of the Northern Region

We welcome contributions from our sectors in Connect. Please contact

Belfast Rapid Transit - Infrastructure Delivery – 12 November

This free-to-attend joint evening lecture with the CIHT explores how to provide an attractive alternative to private car use and promote sustainable regeneration across Belfast City.


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World Bank survey - experts wanted

Opportunities for expert engineering contributors to influential World Bank report

Engineers Ireland has signed a prestigious partnership with the World Bank for the Doing Business project. The project benchmarks business regulations in 190 economies worldwide to identify good practices and eliminate obstacles to doing business. Engineers Ireland is the World Bank’s Irish partner for two indicators: ‘Dealing with Construction Permits’ and ‘Getting Electricity’.

We have been asked to identify 50 expert contributors – five for each indicator in each of Ireland’s cities (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford) – to provide views on construction permits and electricity connection for a defined case study warehouse. The selected experts will be asked to complete a questionnaire on the procedures, time and costs for these two indicators.

These responses will be compiled by the World Bank and the results will be published with the European Commission in the Doing Business in the European Union 2019 report. The report will support the reforms of local, national and international policy-makers. If you are selected as one of our experts, your name will be listed as a contributor to this highly-influential EU-level report.

If you would like to be one of our expert contributors to this important project, please email Richard Manton at In the email, please briefly describe your experience obtaining either the necessary permits to build a commercial warehouse or obtaining an electricity connection for a commercial warehouse. Please also mention the Irish city/cities for which you have this experience.


Engineers Ireland in numbers

25,500 members
32 regions, divisions and societies
1 community