Survey finds half of engineers think strong communication skills now as important as maths for profe

Survey finds half of engineers think strong communication skills now as important as maths for profession

05 March 2017 at 17:03
Over half (54%) of engineers believe strong communication, project management, analytical and design skills are now as important as maths understanding for the modern engineer, a new Engineers Ireland survey has shown.
The finding was revealed as part of the Family Day celebrations of Engineers Week 2017, running until March 10, which involves over 680 events for 58,000 participants across Ireland over the coming days.
The Family Day event in the Engineers Ireland offices on Clyde Road, Dublin included colourful and exciting exhibitions, fun experiments and workshops designed to inspire children from the age of 7 about the dynamic world of engineering and science.  
The Gaiety School of Acting introduced young participants to creative-thinking processes, the Engineers Week Lego Challenge Workshops put their design and engineering skills to the test, and Scientific Sue took young audience members on her latest journey of scientific discovery based on bubbles.  The young participants at the event were also able to create their own balloon-powered car, with children taught how cars contribute to air pollution as part of a creative workshop exercise on ideas to reduce emissions. 
Speaking at the Family Day event, Director General of Engineers Ireland, Caroline Spillane said: “The skills needed in modern engineering are evolving all the time, with the ability to communicate ideas and technical knowledge now increasingly important.  And there is an emerging view also that the arts have the potential to transform the global economy in the 21st century, just as science and technology did in the last century.
“We believe the innate creativity that is the hallmark of Irish culture can be connected to Ireland’s growing technological prowess across the world.  STEAM - which combines the traditional science, technology, engineering and maths framework with the arts - has the potential to leverage art and design in Ireland with the ingenuity of engineers and others to drive innovation and give Ireland a new competitive edge in the world.  And so it is fantastic to see such a great turnout of families and children here today who are getting to see up close the very artistic and creative sides to modern engineering as part of Engineers Week 2017.” 
Now in its 11th year, Engineers Week, running until March 10, is an annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer.  With over 680 events and 58,000 participants involved across the week, the campaign 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.
The Engineers Ireland survey of members was undertaken as part of Engineers Week 2017 and involved a sample of 3,000 member engineers across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  To find out more about Engineers Week events taking place around the country visit