Third Level Engineers take on Engineers Week Student Challenge

Third Level Engineers take on Engineers Week Student Challenge

26 February 2013 at 14:05

Third level engineering students across Ireland are today taking on the Engineers Week Student Challenge as part of the second day of Engineers Week 2013.

Sustainable Cloud – Ireland’s Opportunity’ developed in conjunction with Mainstream Renewable Power asks third level engineering students to submit ideas on how Ireland can harness its natural advantages and what infrastructure is required to attract companies to locate their data centres in Ireland.

John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said a vibrant, creative supply of engineers through third and fourth (postgraduate) level was pivotal for Ireland.  “Being a problem solver is ranked as the most important attribute for the professional engineer according to the HRM Recruit Engineering Perspectives report which we will publish tomorrow in full. Today’s third level contest will hopefully engage the creative thinking of our future engineering talent and provide students from civil, technology and energy engineering backgrounds with an opportunity to collaborate with their peers.” 

Students were set the challenge at 10am sharp on Tuesday in third level institutions all across Ireland and given up until 2pm to submit their responses.  Participating colleges include IT Carlow, DIT Bolton Street, IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght, Galway Mayo IT, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Dundalk IT, UCC, Cork IT, Waterford IT and Athlone IT. The winning college will be announced early next week via Engineers Ireland’s Facebook page.

“Through our CPD Accredited Employer Scheme we know that industry needs flexible graduate engineers who have the ability to work in teams solving complex problems. And the likelihood is that today’s student engineers may well be challenged in their future careers with a dilemma that currently does not exist,” added Power.

There will be an ‘Engineering Career breakfast’ to launch the HRM Recruit report on the sector with Minister John Perry on Wednesday, February 27 while Thursday, February 28 will explore the world of mathematics with the ‘Dr Maths’ workshops, supported by Minister Ruairi Quinn.

Friday, March 1 sees engineering employers across Ireland run organised tours of their facilities as part of ‘Open Day’ while Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 will feature family-oriented engineering shows in many regions to conclude the week.  An estimated 497 events will take place nationwide over the course of the week.  To find out more information about the events taking place near you, or to register your attendance, log onto www.engineersweek.ie.