Connect: Issue 7 | March 2018

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Engineering 2018: barometer report includes salary survey

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Welcome to the March issue of our Connect newsletter.  A public poll that we have commissioned has found that the most trusted professionals in Ireland are engineers and doctors. 90% of Irish adults trust engineers to tell the truth and, of the 10 professions listed, only doctors are more trusted. 

These findings and more, are all available in our new barometer report called Engineering 2018 (PDF), which was launched on 27 February (see picture above).  We developed the report for the engineering profession in Ireland, capturing trends in engineering employment, perspectives and education. The report is based primarily on three surveys conducted between October 2017 and February 2018 with qualified engineers, engineering employers and the general public.

The report also shows that 91% of Irish adults regard engineers as highly competent.  Additionally, industry demand for engineering talent has seen graduate engineer starting salaries increase by 11% in the past four years. There is more detail about the salary survey which forms part of the report below. The report shows that one of the biggest challenges facing the profession - and today is International Women’s Day - continues to be bridging the gender gap, as just 16% of engineering graduates are women. 

Our Engineers Week got off to a flying start on 24 February, with over 800 events scheduled to take place.  However with some cancellations due to Storm Emma, we are asking organisers to reschedule activities where possible.   The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, helped us get the message out this week as you will see below.

Finally there is a reminder to book for our Annual Conference with our Thomond Region coming up very soon, 13 April, in Limerick city.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Spillane

Director General of Engineers Ireland


Salary Survey 2018, an exclusive member-only report

In January we surveyed 2,271 Engineers Ireland members for our latest salary survey.

Some key take-outs are that approximately 44% of engineers with 3-10 years of experience received a pay increase of more than 5% in the past year and graduate engineer salaries increased by 11% in the past four years.

Other findings include the fact that a Chartered Engineer can expect to earn approximately €3,000-€5,000 per year more than an engineer without a professional title. For example, while a typical engineer without a professional title with 11 to 15 years’ experience earns €59,000, a Chartered Engineer who graduates in the same year earns €62,500.

The median salaries for engineers in 2018, with reference to years of experience, according to our report, are as follows:

  • 1-2 years - €31,000
  • 3-5 years - €37,000
  • 6-10 years - €45,750
  • 11-15 years - €60,000
  • 21-25 years - €77,500
  • 26-30 years - €82,900
  • >30 years - €92,750

The full survey report includes detailed analysis of salaries and other benefits (pensions, bonuses etc.) according to engineering discipline, employment sector and much more. Access is exclusive to members of Engineers Ireland: just log in with your membership number and password.


Four organisations awarded our CPD Accredited Employer Standard in February

On Tuesday, 27 February, we were delighted to welcome four organisations to our office in Dublin to celebrate and reward their achievements in gaining our CPD Accredited Employer standard. Pictured is our President Dr Kieran Feighan, addressing the organisations last week.

Our CPD Accredited Employer Standard is a strategic framework which enables engineers and engineering-led employers raise competency levels and deliver tangible business benefits by investing in their engineers through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The four organisations join over 170 firms that have achieved our standard to date.

The four organisations are:

  • Atkins Ireland
  • CORA Consulting Engineers (Casey O’Rourke Associates)
  • Monaghan County Council
  • TJ O'Connor & Associates Consulting Engineers

Atkins Ireland is a global multi-disciplinary firm with capabilities across many aspects of engineering.

CORA Consulting Engineers operates from Dublin and provides a wide range of structural and civil engineering services.

Monaghan County Council provides a vast range of services through its engineering team.

TJ O'Connor & Associates Consulting Engineers has an 81-year history as a consulting engineering firm offering civil and structural services.

These four diverse organisations (global and Irish consulting engineering firms, and also a local authority) range in size in terms of staff numbers, demonstrating how the standard is beneficial to a wide variety of organisations.

If you would like to enquire about achieving the standard, call Eoin O Dwyer (CPD Executive) on +353 (1) 665 1305 or email

Selected course

BCAR - Building Control Amendment Regulations: Developing a working knowledge

CPD Credit: 3.5 hours

28 March, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick


Selected jobs this month

Project Engineer, Highways (Modelling Integration), Galway, RPS Group

Senior Civil Engineer, Cork or Dublin, Atkins

Mechanical Engineer, Clare, Waterways Ireland


Why I became an engineer: Three people tell their story


The complexity of engineering for life in space


Annual Conference in Limerick – avail of early bird rates

Engineering a Region: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation is the theme of our 2018 Annual Conference organised in conjunction with our Thomond Region and taking place on 13 April at the Strand Hotel in Limerick. If you book your ticket before close of business tomorrow Friday, you will receive an Engineers Ireland Member discount. See the link below.

We have assembled a line-up of national and international speakers and engaging topics that are relevant for the spectrum of engineering professionals who will gather at the conference. The speaker line-up includes:

  • Lord Andrew Adonis, former Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, UK
  • John Moran, member of Limerick Economic Forum and former Secretary General, Department of Finance
  • Stephen Blair, Director of the Southern Regional Assembly
  • Michael Lohan, Head of Lifesciences, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division, IDA Ireland
  • Mike Quinn, CEO, Ervia
  • John Cormican, General Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Dr Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service, Economic Development and Planning, Limerick City and County Council
  • Dr Emma Silke, Head of Business Development, ESB ecars
  • Paschal Meehan, Chair of Limerick for Engineering and Dean of Work Based Learning and VP International at Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Prof Conor McCarthy, Centre Director, Confirm – Smart Manufacturing, A world leading SFI Research Centre

Speakers will share their experiences of the resources, techniques, innovation and focus required to develop regional growth and meet Ireland’s future challenges and opportunities in relation to infrastructure development, engineering innovation and securing a strong talent pipeline to meet industry demands.

More than 200 engineers from the public and private sector will join together to listen, learn from, and network with experts in their chosen fields. Ahead of the conference on 12 April there will be a golf outing at Castletroy Golf Club and a welcome reception for delegates with special guest Everest mountaineer, John Burke.  After the conference on 13 April there will be an evening gala ball held at the Strand Hotel.


Energy Ambassadors Programme and our North East Region

Claire Hughes, B.A., B.A.I, MSc, C.Eng, MIEI, pictured, is the Secretary of the North East Region of Engineers Ireland and discusses some of the events in planning for 2018 organised by the North East Committee.

The North East Region of Engineers Ireland is a vibrant and diversified region with an active committee involving engineers from numerous engineering backgrounds, which informs the committee’s programme of events.

We wanted to run an event which informs and educates homeowners, community groups, businesses and all other interested parties on what simple steps we can all take to reduce our energy usage, use more renewable energy and save money.

One such initiative which is happening in consultation with Dunleer (County Louth) Community Development Board (DCDB) includes the setting up of The Energy Ambassadors Programme with the aim of delivering an education programme on energy savings. It’s a seventy-minute highly interactive workshop.  

The content is endorsed by the Centre for Renewables and Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) and is delivered by the Energy Team, with information on:

  • Practical tips on how to achieve energy efficiency in conserving and controlling energy in our homes and places of work
  • Understanding the sources of renewable energy and what are the recent developments in technologies and products in the area
  • Sharing knowledge and providing advice and guidance to communities on the advantages of working together to access funding and grants for energy upgrades

The delivery team consists of a qualified energy specialist plus a community leader and workshops have been held in Louth, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Wicklow and Dublin to date.  The next opportunity to participate in the Programme is in County Louth on March 12 and details are below.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend, however interested attendees must register their attendance in advance to ensure everyone can be catered for on the night.

In the coming year, we hope to organise speakers on the effects of Brexit on the border region, the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations, site visits to a wind farm and the new Combilift factory in County Monaghan, in addition to social events.

We are always pleased to welcome new members.

With thanks,

Claire Hughes

Secretary, North East Region

If you are a Chair or Secretary of one of our Regional Branches, Engineering Divisions or Societies, we would be delighted to receive your input to this section. Feel free to email us

The Energy Ambassadors Programme – 12 March

This is a a facilitator led, highly interactive hour long session.


Engineers Week continues through March with support from Minister Bruton

Over 800 events and activities were scheduled to take place last week in schools, libraries and organisations nationwide, making Engineers Week 2018 our most successful year yet in terms of event numbers and outreach.

While hundreds of these events have successfully taken place, a number of events were postponed because of the bad weather.

We now plan to continue with Engineers Week celebrations throughout the month of March. We are delighted to have the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD’s support in this regard. He is pictured above supporting our call with Director General, Caroline Spillane, Brooke Walton (5) and Stevie the Robot, created by robotics engineers from Trinity College Dublin.

We are pleased to announce that the following free, open events will go ahead this month and next:

NUI Galway’s Student-run Energy Summit will now be held today, Thursday, March 8 at the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway from 4pm:

Limerick for Engineering Showcase has been deferred to tonight, Thursday, March 8 at 6pm at Shannon Airport Departures Hall:

South-East Megadojo will now go ahead on Sunday, April 15 at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny:

Dublin Institute of Technology will now host their event: “Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace for engineering & construction - lessons learned from other industries” on Tuesday, March 20 at DIT Bolton Street from 6 – 8pm:

We encourage those of you who were unable to carry out your Engineers Week event in the latter half of last week to try to reschedule your event where possible in March.  Thank you for your fantastic support.

Once you have arranged a new date, please let the STEPS team ( know so that we can update the Engineers Week website and help promote your event.

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