Young engineers talk about their work and college life in their own words in our Smart Futures videos.
What is engineering?
Engineers take ideas and turn them into reality, using science, maths and imagination. Engineers are masters of problem-solving and creative design.
As a career, engineering offers a chance to make a difference to people's lives, while you enjoy a dynamic and varied working life.
Engineers are in demand worldwide because they are essential to the growth and development of every country.
The progress of civilisation has largely depended on the work of engineers, who have harnessed and controlled our environment to provide us with essentials for living like water, shelter and power. In the past few decades, engineers have changed the world by helping to send astronauts into space, mapping the human genome, and creating the internet. Right now, engineers are working on innovative projects from solar energy to synthetic organs, driverless cars to virtual reality headsets.
Students of engineering develop a valuable set of skills that serve as a strong career foundation. Engineers are problem-solvers; they have a flexible, creative approach to work; and they work well in teams. These skills are highly useful in every role from technician to chief executive, and in every industry from aerospace to healthcare to software.
An engineering qualification offers a chance to do interesting work with interesting people, enhance people's lives, and explore almost unlimited career opportunities.
Are engineers in demand?
You'll find engineers in almost all industries, from aviation, agriculture and space to healthcare, manufacturing and software – and everywhere in between.
Engineers are in demand in many sectors right now, especially the software and IT industry, the medical devices sector and the pharmaceutical industry, and the energy and environmental sectors.
Right now in Ireland:
Ireland is home to:
105,000+ people working in the technology sector
250 medical technology companies, employing 25,000 people
160 games companies across Ireland; 3,300 people working in gaming
Made in Ireland
9 of the top 10 software companies
9 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical corporations
12 of the top 20 global internet firms
7 of the top 10 industrial automation companies
Ireland is the second largest exporter of medical products in Europe
50% of ventilators in hospitals worldwide are made in Ireland
Ireland is the largest exporter of software in the world; 60% of software sold in Europe originates in Ireland
80 percent of the global production of stents (medical devices for heart patients) takes place in Ireland
Ireland exported EUR49 billion worth of organic chemicals and pharmaceutical products in 2010
There are 205 wind farms on the island of Ireland. By 2020 Ireland plans to be one of the largest producers of wind energy in Europe.