Issue 13 | September 2018

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Welcome to the September edition of Connect. 

This month we look forward to President Peter Quinn’s (pictured) address on Thursday 20 September. It is entitled A Blueprint for Housing - Plans for Growth and we will gather at 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4, at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. All members are welcome and a warm welcome awaits you.

We also have other exciting autumn activities planned by our Regional branches, Engineering divisions and Societies. They, our sectors, are at the core of Engineers Ireland’s activities. Many have busy programmes of events for members and the public in train within your communities. We particularly welcome all new 2018/19 committee members and trust that your time on your committee will be rewarding, and indeed a valuable part of your continuing professional development (CPD) as a professional engineer. Below we hear from our Cork Regional branch about some of the specific activities they are planning.

We have developed a series of CPD seminars on a diverse range of topics for the coming season, ranging from Public Procurement in Construction to Process and Operational Excellence in the Biomedical Industry. The information is below.  We are celebrating the profession, too, with entries coming in for our Innovative Student Engineer of the Year competition and for our MEETA awards.

Our STEPs team has also launched a new Young Engineers Award for third and fourth class pupils to find young talented engineers across the country.  The shortlist for our 2018 Excellence Awards will be announced on 3 October. 

Connect marks its first anniversary this month. We are always happy to refine the presentation and content of this newsletter, and you can provide feedback here:

With best wishes

Caroline Spillane

Director General, Engineers Ireland


CPD seminars to give you a competitive edge

Engineers Ireland’s continuing professional development (CPD) seminars provide a great opportunity to discover the latest thinking and best practice, learn about high-profile projects, network with clients, suppliers, competitors and decision-makers, and give your opinion or ask questions. In short, spending a day at a CPD seminar can give you a competitive edge.

In the coming weeks we are presenting a series of CPD seminars on a diverse range of topics:

Deep Foundations Testing & Analysis on 21 September in Dublin;

Public Procurement in Construction on 3 October in Dublin;

Process and Operational Excellence - Knowledge Sharing of Best Practices in the Biomedical Industry on 4 October in Galway;

Applied Project Management: Project Delivery in the Digital Era on 10 October in Dublin; and

The Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Agriculture and Food Industries on 23 October in Dublin.

If you would like to participate at an Engineers Ireland CPD seminar, contact our CPD team on

Selected course

Data Analytics Kickstart Workshop for Engineers

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours

Dublin, Wednesday 26 September


Selected jobs this month

Quality Control Engineer, Carlow, Tanco

Structural Engineer, Dublin, RPS Group

Civil Engineer for Technical Bid Team, Mayo, Wills Bros Ltd


STEPS to a new Young Engineers Award

This month we have unveiled a STEPS Young Engineers Award to find Ireland’s future engineers. This exciting new competition encourages third and fourth-class pupils and their teachers, to develop an engineering project that would help to improve their local community. Schools are encouraged to invite local engineers, or sign up for a STEPS volunteer engineer who can visit their classroom and gain an understanding of the role of engineers in their communities, and receive feedback on their projects.

Encouraging parents and teachers to inspire students in the classroom, Caroline Spillane, our Director General, says: “STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields are currently transforming how we live and how we work. An understanding of these subjects is vital to addressing global challenges, such as climate change, and to informing public decision-making in our democracy.

"Additionally, many of the core engineering traits and behaviours such as curiosity, exploration, creativity and problem-solving overlap with the principles of early childhood education. It is our hope that the STEPS Young Engineers Award will assist teachers to engage third and fourth class pupils to explore the fascinating world of engineering before societal and gender barriers manifest, creating negative implications for future study in these areas.”

Engineers Ireland has been an advocate for STEM education for many years, coordinating the STEPS programme, funded by the SFI Discover Programme. STEPS is also supported by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, ESB and ARUP.

Transition Year students are also encouraged to register for the Engineering Your Future (EYF) programme, which opens on 17 September. Established in 2013, EYF is a week-long, hands-on programme which provides Transition Year students with a meaningful experience of engineering through activities such as workshops, group projects and industry visits.

To register for the STEPS Young Engineers Award or Engineering Your Future, visit:

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News from our community - the Cork Region

In this edition of Connect we hear what activities are being planned from the Chair of our Cork Regional branch, Pádraig Leahy.  Pictured above is Pádraig, far left, and committee members.

After a short summer break, the Cork Region committee is busying itself putting the finishing touches to the 2018/19 programme of events. It promises to be a very interesting season with a diverse range of topics.

Our request for members' input to the programme yielded not alone many good suggestions but also a number of offers to deliver very interesting lectures. These include the Celtic interconnector (the proposed electrical interconnector between Ireland and France) and the impact of Combined Heat and Power installations on the environment and domestic energy.

This year's four-lecture autumn CPD Series explores 'Asset Management and Reliability' considering the full project lifecycle, ISO 55000, reliability of equipment and the application of digitalisation in asset management.

We will be collaborating with IChemE, IStructE, the IET and of course other sectors within Engineers Ireland including YES Cork and the Chemical and Process and Local Government divisions in order to make the most of the available speakers and resources in the Region. A number of lectures will be of interest to the general public and we will use these to emphasise the relevance of both the profession and the institution to society.

The season's activities started on 4 September with a lecture on the Design, Installation, Commissioning, Operation & Maintenance of Steam Systems delivered by Daniel Wells of Spirax Sarco. This lecture was booked out within a few days, getting us off to a very good start indeed.

To be notified of our events, just log in and sign up for emails from the Cork Region.

Many thanks

Pádraig Leahy

Chair of the Cork Region

If you are a Chair, Secretary or Committee member of one of our Regional branches, Engineering divisions or Societies and would like to contribute to our Community section, please contact us here.


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Innovative Student Engineer of the Year – entries accepted before 28 September

The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award sponsored by Siemens, showcases innovation excellence amongst engineering third-level students across Ireland.

It is open to all third-level students in Ireland.

  • Do you have an innovative engineering idea that you want to take to the next level?
  • Are you interested in showcasing that idea to professional engineers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs?
  • Would you like the opportunity to share in a prize of €2,000?

To enter, please submit a 500-word project summary to Kevin Redmond at Engineers Ireland ( before 28 September. Our judges will assess all valid entries received and announce the shortlist.

Shortlisted candidates must then submit a 2,000-word report and present their projects to a panel of industry experts at Dublin City University’s Innovation Hub.

To read more on the entry process this year please see:

The winner, or if a team, the winners, will be announced and will receive their prize at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards on Friday 9 November at our black tie event in Dublin’s InterContinental Hotel.

Pictured is Shirley McDonald, Associate Membership Director, Engineers Ireland with Aron Purser from IT Carlow, winner of the 2017 Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award for his  ‘Bucket Bagger’ and Gary O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of award sponsor, Siemens Ltd.


MEETA Awards, celebrating maintenance and asset management

We are now accepting entries for our Irish Maintenance and Asset Management Society (MEETA) Awards – designed to celebrate excellence in the fields of maintenance engineering and asset management. 

For more details of the four award categories which cover Technology, Management, Health and Safety and the Environment, please click here.

Engineers Ireland’s MEETA society promotes all aspects of maintenance and asset management in industry, the public sector, semi-state bodies and third level institutions.

The 2017 MEETA Awards were a great success, with the Overall Industry winner being AbbVie (pictured above with our Director General, Caroline Spillane) for their project: Journey to Maintenance Excellence.

In addition, students from across the country may submit their applications for the MEETA Student Awards with all of the details on the MEETA Student Awards 2018 form (PDF).

The closing date for entries is 21 September. Get involved and be a part of this prestigious awards ceremony. For more information please contact Deirdre Mulhern at or call 01 6651328.


Engineers Ireland in numbers

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