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FAQs About Engineering

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions on engineering.

What is an engineer?

How much do engineers earn?

How many engineers are there in Ireland?

What do engineers work as?

Who do engineers work for?

What are the career prospects for an engineer?

I would like to work towards enhancing the environment. Is engineering right for me?

Will engineering narrow my career options in the future?

 

What is an engineer?

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.

How much do engineers earn?

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.

How many engineers are there in Ireland?

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.

What do engineers work as?

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.

Who do engineers work for?

Engineers can work for any number of companies in many different sectors. A few examples of companies who employ engineers in Ireland are:

  •     Intel
  •     Google
  •     Defence Forces
  •     Arup
  •     Boston Scientific
  •     ESB
  •     Diageo

What are the career prospects for an engineer?

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.

I would like to work towards enhancing the environment. Is engineering right for me?

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

  •     wave
  •     tidal
  •     wind energy
  •     water treatment
  •     anti pollution measures
  •     flood prevention

Will engineering narrow my career options in the future?

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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