Women in Technology and Science

Engineers Week 2019

  • 28 February 2019

Engineers Week 2019

Taking place from 2 – 8 March 2019, Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. The week- long campaign encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse opportunities a career in engineering offers.

Engineers Ireland is encouraging engineering companies and industry all over Ireland to engage with their communities and hosts events large or small to showcase the profession over the course of Engineers Week 2019, which runs until Friday, March 8.

Now in its 13th year, Engineers Week is an annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer. With hundreds of events already confirmed for the week, the event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme – funded as a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme Call.

Engineers Week Ambassador Orla Murphy, Engineering Quality Transformation Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, 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.”

Corkonian Orla Murphy was the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology’s ‘Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2015’ and the Royal Academy of Engineering Trust’s ‘Young Engineer of the Year 2016’, and regularly speaks about the importance of STEM subjects and the exciting world of engineering.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers in Ireland have never been more in demand and a ready supply of talented engineers will be fundamental to realising the ambitions of Project Ireland 2040. We’re very pleased to have Tom Parsons and Orla Murphy’s support as part of Engineers Week 2019. Through their commitment and the collaborative efforts of engineering organisations, our annual festival will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life in schools, libraries, organisations and communities all around Ireland.”

Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland believes in the ability of science, technology, engineering and maths to effect positive change in the world. Engineers Week 2019 offers an opportunity to encourage and inspire young people and help guide their subject and career choices to increase their knowledge and understanding of the world of engineering, and we are delighted to support the week in partnership with Engineers Ireland.”

Engineers Week, now in its 13th year, is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. Engineers Week of 2018 involved over 850 events which were attended by over 77,000 participants across 31 counties. To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event log onto www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions.