Mergon opens its doors to public as part of Engineers Week 2017

Mergon opens its doors to public as part of Engineers Week 2017

16 March 2017 at 09:00
 
Mergon International welcomed young budding engineers into its Castlepollard facilities last week to showcase its operations and contribution to the local economy as part of the Engineers Week 2017 celebrations. Now in its 11th year, Engineers Week 2017 is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme – funded as a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures Programme.  
 
Mergon is a wholly Irish-owned company employing over 600 people in Ireland, the USA and Czech Republic.  Over 250 of these are employed in the company’s headquarters in Castlepollard and 25% of this 250 are employed in the area of engineering.
 
Aisling Nolan, General Manager of Mergon International, said: “Mergon was delighted to open its doors to primary and secondary schools during Engineers Week 2017 to showcase the exciting and rewarding careers that manufacturing has to offer. Every aspect of our business from research and development to manufacturing depends on engineering expertise and the future of our business depends on recruiting the brightest and the best into engineering-related areas of study.” 
 
According to Enterprise Ireland, Irish-owned manufacturing companies, and companies that support manufacturing by providing niche and specialist services, export over €6 billion internationally. Commenting on behalf of Enterprise Ireland, Tom Kelly, Manager of Industrial, Lifesciences and Consumer Division, said: “Irish manufacturing is achieving a level of unprecedented growth, winning sales in global markets, embracing new technologies and most importantly building on a highly skilled workforce. The focus on engineering excellence in our manufacturing firms, such as Mergon, is serving Ireland well. With output from Irish owned manufacturers reaching record levels, the contribution of engineers, scientists and technicians to this success cannot be understated. Enterprise Ireland strongly supports the development of critical engineering skills, especially in its manufacturing client base.”
 
Director General Caroline Spillane said: “Engineers Week is a chance for parents and young people to find out more about the many career opportunities available within the engineering sector and learn about the kind of skills that qualified engineers can build on as they move through their careers.  Engineers Week also highlights how a career in engineering is accessible to all those who have an interest in the sector. 
“It’s great to see Mergon take the opportunity to show the local community the rewarding and creative work its engineers undertake on a daily basis, sparking an enthusiasm for the profession and helping students to explore their future in this exciting subject area,” she continued.
 
Mergon has long-supported learning through apprenticeship programmes and has trained many tradespeople in the areas of toolmaking, mechanical automation and maintenance-fitting, with a number of its managers beginning their careers as apprentices.  Mergon’s Global Graduate Excellence programme was launched in 2015 giving opportunities to graduate engineers to work in different functional areas in the company and across the three locations in the group.
 
Mergon celebrated the launch of the Mi (Mergon Innovation) Centre in Castlepollard in June 2016.  Officially opened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, the Micente is the amalgamation of Mergon’s expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics, automation and failsafe technologies and is part of the ongoing investment by the company in innovation and technology.