FAQs About Engineering
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions on engineering.
An engineer is a professional with a broad scientific knowledge who applies this knowledge in a practical, creative and innovative way in business.
What disciplines of engineering are there?
There are many types that generally fall under the main disciplines of engineering: chemical, civil. Electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. Other disciplines include aeronautical, agricultural, biomedical, biosystems, building services,software, environmental, fire, food, marine, material, mechatronic, energy and structural engineering.
Depending on their discipline, graduate engineers earn between approximately €31,000 and €34,000 per annum. After 5 years this will have increased to approximately €42,000 per annum.
It has been estimated that there is approximately 73,000 engineers in Ireland. Each year about 2,800 students graduate with Level 8 engineering degrees in Ireland. Around 1,800 people per annum graduate with Level 6 & 7 qualifications, with a further 500 graduating with a Level 9 qualification.
Due to the large number of disciplines of engineering, there is an endless supply of companies and types of work that engineers can become involved with. Most engineers will be involved in working with technology, problem solving and working in teams on project driven activities.
Engineers can work for any number of companies in many different sectors. A few examples of companies who employ engineers in Ireland are:
- Defence Forces
- Boston Scientific
The career opportunities in engineering are endless, with professional engineers working in careers that directly influence all aspects of like. The modern engineer works in a variety of environments, working for large multinationals or small specialised companies.
Yes, engineering is right for you, as one of an engineer’s main concerns is protecting the environment, trying to find the best solution to a problem with the least negative impact on the environment. Key areas of interest to environmental engineers include
- wind energy
- water treatment
- anti pollution measures
- flood prevention
No. An engineering qualification offers you great flexibility. The skills and knowledge taught during an engineering course are highly transferable and a wide range of options become available both within the engineering profession and outside it, for example in business, finance or teaching.
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