Issue 12 | August 2018

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Demand for STEM talent still outstrips supply

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Welcome to the August edition of Connect.

With maths and science knowledge valuable aptitudes for future engineers, we welcomed yesterday the results of the 2018 Leaving Certificate which show that almost one-third of students (16,837) sat the higher level mathematics paper in 2018, up 3% on 2017, and over double if you compare with 2011.

While overall the numbers taking STEM subjects is stable, industry demand for talent is outstripping supply and we need to nurture and continuously encourage further growth and interest in STEM. Next month we will launch our exciting 2019 STEPS programme which encourages young people to explore the world of STEM and particularly engineering as a career choice.

Below is a link to our 2019 Pre-Budget Submission, which includes our five top priority areas for Government including implementing the Project Ireland 2040 investment commitments. Also a priority is an increase in the supply of high-quality connected housing, surpassing Rebuilding Ireland targets and reinforcing building regulations. Housing is the focus of our President Peter Quinn in his Presidential Address on Thursday 20 September, (6:00pm for 6:30pm) at our offices on 22 Clyde Road and all members are very welcome. The title of the Address is: A Blueprint for Housing - Plans for Growth.

To support our members, our CPD training calendar offers a range of 100 events from now until Christmas and information is provided below. Don’t forget to enter our Excellence Awards held in association with ESB. The deadline is 10 September and we have a range of terrific categories showcasing the talent, skill and creativity of the profession.

Finally, our Registrar Damien Owens, spoke on RTÉ's Morning Ireland yesterday about the possible causes of the Morandi bridge collapse in Genoa and the link to the radio clip is here.

Best wishes

Caroline Spillane

Director General of Engineers Ireland


Celebrating our members' creativity and professionalism

The Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB, offer a fantastic opportunity for our members to celebrate their achievements. We encourage our 25,000 strong membership to engage with our awards programme and applaud the many successes and accomplishments achieved by our members, their organisations and peers.

Our 12 category awards provide our members with the opportunity to showcase their talent, skills, creativity and innovation.

The awards also provide the opportunity to recognise our Regional branches, Engineering divisions and societies’ commitment to the profession and CPD.  Each committee is encouraged to submit an entry to the Best Presentation Award, co-sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour.  

This award aims to recognise members who have delivered outstanding technical presentations during the 2017-2018 lecture season.

Our members are also encouraged to nominate their peers for the International Engineer of the Year Award. Sponsored by ESB International, this award acknowledges the contribution of the Irish engineering diaspora and the excellent work of Irish engineers around the world.

To showcase the work of your organisation, committee or to nominate an engineer overseas, submit your entry on the Excellence Awards homepage before the 10 September deadline.


For engineers, there is always a learning curve

In a world of change there is only one constant – there is always something new to learn.  For engineers, keeping up to date means being aware of changes in legislation, standards, technologies and best practice.

Professional standards are the cornerstone of a professional body. Engineers Ireland recognises the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in maintaining and raising members’ professional standards.

Our CPD team has a suite of new and established training courses designed to ensure you are informed of the latest developments in your industry and are competent to address emerging challenges. 

Check out the range of courses scheduled for the coming months, with new topics offered such as a Data Analytics kickstart workshop, an Introduction to Refrigeration, Biomedical Process and Operational Excellence or Urban Drainage ModellingHere you can view upcoming CPD courses and seminars relevant to your industry.

Selected course

SUMMER SPECIAL - 50% OFF: Management Skills for Effective Meetings

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours

30 August, Dublin


Selected jobs this month

Renewables Project Manager, Dublin/Belfast, Energia

Graduate Engineer, Kildare, Clandillon Civil Consulting

Senior Structural Technician Buildings, Dublin, Roughan and O'Donovan


Our Budget 2019 submission

Based on consultations with our member community, we have lodged a series of recommendations to the Department of Finance in advance of Budget 2019 and urged the Government to use the forthcoming Budget to activate Project Ireland 2040 through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building.

Engineers Ireland’s top five priorities for Budget 2019 are:

  • Implement Project Ireland 2040 investment commitments, including the promised €1.5 billion increase in capital investment to €7.3 billion as a stepping stone to 4% Modified Gross National Income (GNI*).
  • Reform infrastructure policy, planning and delivery, including funding for a single infrastructure authority;
  • Increase the supply of high-quality connected housing, surpassing Rebuilding Ireland targets and reinforcing building regulations;
  • Build up safe and secure water and flooding systems by providing multi-annual funding to Irish Water and strategically delivering flood relief schemes;
  • Incentivise professional skills and experience in STEM to overcome the shortage of engineers and other skilled professionals.

Commenting on the recommendations, Peter Quinn, our President says: “Investment decisions must be driven by evidenced-based solutions to societal challenges and Engineers Ireland is committed to bringing the expertise of the engineering profession to the budgetary process. Engineers Ireland will be discussing the details of our Budget 2019 proposals with Ministers, TDs, Senators and other policy makers in the coming weeks.”


Re-engineering Ireland: A one-off opportunity?


History of HQ at No 22: Engineers Ireland’s Clyde Road story


Overwhelming support for professional skills and expertise

A survey of multinational companies, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes has found overwhelming support for Ireland’s professional qualifications and standards.

Professional skills and expertise emerged as the single most important factor for multinational companies when choosing a professional service provider in Ireland. 88% of companies felt that professional qualifications are important in inspiring trust and confidence when recruiting staff in Ireland, while 94% felt professional qualifications gives them confidence in terms of the standard of the individuals they are recruiting or hiring.

The survey was undertaken from 26 April to 9 May with senior executives across 50 multinational companies on behalf of 11 professional bodies, including Engineers Ireland.

A key objective of the research was to understand the link between multinational company choices in Ireland and the availability of skilled people with professional skills.

Our Director General, Caroline Spillane said: “Ireland’s professional bodies invest significant resources in ensuring Irish professional qualifications are designed to world-class standards. We collaborate with Irish and international academia, international bodies, industry, and key stakeholders in Ireland and globally. It’s a very deliberate strategy.” 

To read more about the survey, please click here.

Pictured above is Caroline Spillane, DG, Engineers Ireland (right), Olivia Buckley, Communications Director, Irish Tax Institute and Áine Myler (left), DG, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland highlighting the new research indicating high levels of trust by multinationals in Irish professional qualifications and standards.


Webcast highlights from the past 12 months

In order to support members who cannot attend certain events, we webcast a selection of our presentations, which are highlighted in our events calendar. Recordings of events can be found at

During the 2017-2018 session, our Sectors (Regional branches, Engineering divisions and Societies) hosted a total of 294 events with 14,448 attendees.  Thirty nine were broadcast live with 795 live views recorded, resulting in an overall live engagement figure of 15,243 at sector hosted events.  These events provided a total of 324 hours of free CPD for members.  Sixty two of the technical presentations during this period were given by members and are therefore eligible for consideration in the 2018 Best Presentation category of our annual Excellence Awards.

Some of the highlights from the last few months (which you can view at any time) include:

Fire and Safety division / Structures and Construction division – 15 February 2018
New Realities of Tall Building Fire Safety
Russ Timpson discusses the growth in Tall Building construction, and the rate of change in construction complexity.  As more and more people migrate from rural areas into urban habitats, tall buildings proliferate and fire engineering needs to keep pace with developments with old assumptions not ‘fit for purpose’. The recent spate of tall building ‘full height’ fires are analysed along with socio-economic factors and their impact on how people will live in tall buildings.

Roads and Transportation society / Civil division – 21 November 2017
The North Runway - at Dublin Airport
John Heffernan from the Dublin Airport Authority discusses one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure at Dublin Airport – the North Runway, a 3.1km runway running parallel to the existing main runway. The North Runway is expected to support over 31,000 new jobs and €2.2 billion in economic activity when fully operational.

GDPR – What Engineers need to know – 11 April 2018
This presentation highlights what GDPR means for engineers.  It focuses on how it impacts your business, giving a high level view of the steps that need to be considered and an indication of the level of commitment and resources required to bring a company to the required standard.

Energy-Environment division – 6 December 2017
Electric Vehicles and Ireland's 2030 Targets
By 2030, all new cars in Ireland will be "zero emissions capable."  Is this wishful thinking or an attainable goal?  This presentation gives a broad overview of electric vehicles in Ireland.

Energy-Environment division / Roads and Transportation society – 7 February 2018
Irish Public Transport Policy and the BusConnects project
Laura Behan of (DTTaS) discusses the development of appropriate Irish policy responses to secure transport decarbonisation.  David King (NTA) discusses the BusConnects Project - an initiative that aims to overhaul the bus system in Dublin.


Engineers Ireland in numbers

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