Issue 18 | February 2019

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The countdown to Engineers Week has begun, starting on Saturday 2 March and hundreds of engineers, engineering firms and organisations are already signed up and getting involved.  There is still time to be part of this nationwide festival of engineering and we have lots of free resources, movies and activities available to help you create an event, large or small, to inspire the next generation of engineers in your town or community.  More information is below. Organisers who register will be showcased on our events calendar and will feature in our media outreach. 

Throughout 2019 Engineers Ireland will present four regional fora under the theme of One Society, Our Contribution.  This new quarterly series aims to give attendees an opportunity to hear directly from influential game-changing figures in business and in engineering. The first forum is on Friday 1 March in Kilkenny organised by our South East Regional Branch and it will highlight exceptional companies and talent that are currently using advanced Machine Learning AI Technology as a key aspect of their business model. Our second forum about future energy will take place on 16 May in Dundalk in association with our North East Region.  We hope our members will engage with the fora which present terrific CPD and networking opportunities.

Also in Connect is information about our Jobs Desk, which is a popular member benefit and a great way to recruit the best engineers and also detail about how you can become a CPD Accredited Employer.

Finally, we have pictures from our President’s Annual Ball in January and from our Midland and Cork Regional Branches, including a picture of our President, Peter Quinn with Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD at our Cork Region’s Annual Dinner last Friday night. Your sector images with captions are always welcome to

With best wishes 

Caroline Spillane

Director General


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Do you work for one of Ireland’s top engineering employers?

How can you tell if you are working for one of Ireland’s top engineering employers? Working for an employer who provides you with opportunities to learn and develop is now as important as working for one that pays well. If an employer cannot demonstrate their commitment to their engineers’ Continuing Professional Development, they will fail to attract and retain talent.

How can you tell if an employer invests in its engineers’ CPD? It’s easy. If they hold the Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer standard they have demonstrated, through submission and audit, that they meet each of the seven criteria on areas such as knowledge sharing, skills and competence frameworks, mentoring or external learning linkages. The standard allows you to compare year-on-year progress, benchmark against your peers and learn from industry leaders.

If you are an engineering employer how do you demonstrate your commitment to your engineers’ Learning and Development? If you are struggling to attract and retain scarce talent, can you afford not to be CPD accredited?

If you would like your employer to achieve the CPD Accredited Employer standard, contact our CPD team to learn how. Contact the team at 01 6651305 or

Congratulations to Winthrop Engineering & Contracting Ltd. Dublin, H&MV Engineering, Quinn Industrial Holdings, Murphy International Limited, Bristol-Myers Squibb Cruiserath Biologics and Foursite Design Consultants, the latest organisations to achieve the standard.

Pictured from left to right at the parchment presentation to Bristol-Myers Squibb Cruiserath Biologics are: Noel Heaney (General Manager), Peig Foley (Human Resources), Caroline Spillane ( Director General, Engineers Ireland), Ronan Buckley (Projects Programme Manager), Ciaran Finnerty (Senior Maintenance Engineer), Seán Kelly (Engineering Director) and Paul Dunphy (Associate Director, Asset & Maintenance Management).

To see the full list of those companies already accredited, go to CPD Accredited Employers.

Selected course

Data Analytics Kickstart Workshop for Engineers

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours

Dublin, 20 March


Selected jobs this month

Geotechnical Engineer, Mayo, Lally Chartered Engineers

Bridge Engineer, Galway, Atkins

Structural Technician, Dublin, Walsh Goodfellow


Get ready for Engineers Week, 2 – 8 March

Are you taking part in Engineers Week 2019? We'd love to hear what you've got planned. Make sure to let us know by registering your event. Organisers who register will be showcased on our events calendar and will feature in our media outreach. 

If you haven't got anything planned yet, there is still time to get involved. We have lots of free resources, movies and activities available to help you create an event to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Why not download our Get Involved Guide or host a screening of the critically acclaimed RTÉ documentary based on John Phillip Holland: the revolutionary Irish engineer behind the first fully functioning modern submarine.  Alternatively, you can donate a Curiosity Box to a primary school class in your local community.

Find out more about the great ways to get involved by visiting today!

Pictured above is Engineers Week Superhero Ambassador and Mayo footballer Tom Parsons.

One Society, Our Contribution – First Forum of 2019

On the eve of Engineers Week, Friday 1 March, our first regional forum of 2019 will take place in association with our South East Regional Branch at the Lyrath Estate, County Kilkenny.

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Ireland Forum & Technical Conference will see presentations and speakers from leading Irish companies and talent that currently use advanced machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) technology as a key aspect of their business model.

The aim of this immersive day of learning, discussion and connection is to support delegates, particularly engineers, business managers, government decision-makers, students and others with an interest in technology, to gain a broader and deeper understanding of where AI is headed and hear of some areas of Irish business life where it is being actively and successfully applied.

Click here to view the speaker line-up and book tickets.

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Rolls-Royce speaker for Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

Next Tuesday 19 February, Engineers Ireland will welcome Professor Frank Kirkland (pictured), Chief Designer Civil Aerospace, at Rolls-Royce, and Chair of the Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellowship, to deliver the 18th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in Belfast titled 'Excellence from Technology: The Rolls-Royce Trent Engine.'

Professor Kirkland has vast experience in working and designing for Rolls-Royce. He is one of the foremost experts in the evolution of modern aircraft jet engines and will share his journey as an engineer, and some of the exciting developments in jet engine technology, past, present and future. 

He will talk about his involvement in the Trent 1000 TEN engine development programme, which incorporates proven next generation technology from the Trent XWB, and will be capable of powering all versions of the Boeing 787.  He will also discuss his work on the UltraFan™, a geared design that will offer up to 25% improvement in fuel burn in comparison with the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

Our Northern Region committee including its Chairman and Council Representative Robert Eadie, CEng, Vice Chairman, Pauline Warde, CEng and Secretary, Denise McMahon, CEng, will be in attendance and will be pleased to welcome you. 

A reception will be held at 5:30pm (Riddel Hall, Queen’s University) and the lecture begins at 6:00pm sharp. Admission is free but if you wish to attend, you need to book online in advance:

Our Northern Region established the annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in 2001 at Queen's University to celebrate and promote excellence in engineering.  The late Sir Bernard was a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University. He was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1959 - 1982 and enjoyed an international reputation as a research pioneer in high pressure engineering and explosive welding.

Thanks to Denise McMahon, Secretary of our Northern Region for the above information.

The 18th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland lecture – 19 February

"Excellence from Technology: The Rolls Royce Trent Engine"


Come hell or high water: Jerry Grant’s Uganda journey


On the right track with innovation in railway infrastructure management


Picture gallery of recent events

Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade together with our President, Peter Quinn, at the Annual Engineers Ireland Cork Regional Branch Dinner on Friday 8 February in the Maryborough House Hotel, Cork.

Pictured on 8 February at the Maryborough House Hotel, Cork attending the Annual Engineers Ireland
Cork Regional Branch Dinner are (left to right):
Alan Costello, Vice-Chair, Engineers Ireland Cork Regional Branch,
Pádraig Leahy, Chair, Engineers Ireland Cork Regional Branch,
Peter Quinn, President of Engineers Ireland,
Dr Mary Maloney, Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering CIT,
Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy,
Sean O'Flynn, SISK,
Dr Barry O'Connor, President of CIT and
Michael O'Donovan, CIT.

Pictured at our Annual Ball in Dublin on Friday 18 January
are Thomond Region members (left to right); John Coleman, Seán Lenihan,
Peter Power (Vice Chairman) and Barry Lowe.

Pictured at the Engineers Ireland Annual Ball in Dublin on Friday 18 January
are (left to right) Barry Hyland, Chair, of our North East Regional Branch with his wife Yvonne Hyland,
Pauline Warde, Vice Chair, of our Northern Regional Branch
and Robert Eadie, Chair of our Northern Regional Branch.

Our Director General, Caroline Spillane, speaking at a recent IWish (Inspiring Women in STEM) Event
in Dublin’s RDS on the importance of encouraging young girls to consider a STEM career.

Pictured at a recent Midland Regional Branch event, ‘21st Century Concrete Research
and the Pairc Ui Chaoimh Redevelopment,’ which followed their committee meeting are,
John Kenna and Peter Deegan from Banagher Concrete
and John Jordan (centre), Chair of both the Midland Regional Branch
and our organisation’s Finance Committee.

Engineers Ireland in numbers

25,000+ members
32 regions, divisions and societies
1 community