Engineers Week 2020

A week-long festival of events which aims to encourage students to explore the world of engineering

Engineers Week 2020 - 29 February to 6 March

Engineers Week is a week-long festival of events which aims to encourage students, their teachers and parents to explore the world of engineering and possibly consider a career in one of the varied engineering disciplines. Irish Water was delighted to take part in Engineers Week, with a host of events across the country.

Our staff

We employ almost 800 staff across the country in a variety of disciplines including engineering, environment, science, health and safety, HR, finance, legal, planning and communications.

Staff from each of our four regions met lots of students and discussed their various career paths and opportunities, encouraging them to consider exciting careers in engineering, science and related fields.

The Story of Water

A new documentary focusing on our most precious natural resource

We hosted a number of screenings across the country of the Story of Water documentary for second and third level students. These were followed by Q&A sessions with Irish Water expert engineers and ‘stars’ of the documentary.

The documentary focuses on the critical value of our most precious natural resource and the ongoing threats to its future - both globally and in Ireland. Featuring Ireland’s coastal and inland waterways - as well as contributions from engineers, planners and consumers - the documentary explores the development and current state of Ireland’s public water network, presenting a unique perspective on the ongoing national project to upgrade the country’s drinking water supply and wastewater treatment.

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Regional Events

Saturday 29th February

Galway City Museum – Build a Water Tower Water Crisis Challenge

Irish Water supported the Galway City Museum and Galway Atlantaquarium with a special event for Engineers Week which brought students together to discuss climate action and water conservation.

Monday 2nd March

The Gate Cinema, Mallow

A screening of the Story of Water documentary took place for local second and third level students at The Gate Cinema in Mallow. This was followed by a Q&A session with Irish Water expert engineers and ‘stars’ of the documentary.

Institute of Technology screenings of ‘Story of Water’

Students from media, science and engineering courses in three institute of technologies in Sligo, Letterkenny and Castlebar were invited to a screening of the Story of Water documentary followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert engineers. This was followed by a Q&A session with Irish Water expert engineers and ‘stars’ of the documentary.

Tuesday 3rd March

Limerick Institute of Techonology

Students from the construction and media faculties from Limerick IT attended a screening of the Story of Water to celebrate Engineer’s Week. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring Richard O’hEadhra, Ian O’Mahony, Samantha Keane and Alan Morrissey from Irish Water, Tom Tarpey from Limerick City and County Council and Roisín Garvey, Green Party Councillor. The discussion was moderated by Irish Water’s Colm Ward.

Wednesday 4th March

Monaghan Leakage Reduction Programme Education Outreach

Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction communications team visited Saint Mary’s National School, Glaslough in Co Monaghan where leakage reduction works were underway nearby. The objective of the event was to talk to the students and teachers about the size and scale of the problem facing Irish Water in terms of leakage and the benefits that will be realised as a result of the ongoing works in the area. 

The Fingal Experience

Leixlip Water Treatment Plant will be open to pre-arranged transition year students from across the Fingal area who will be given a tour of the plant an Irish Water expert who will explain the interesting journey of water from cloud to glass.

Carlow Institute of Technology

A screening of the Story of Water documentary was shown to engineering and media students at Carlow IT which was followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert engineers and ‘stars’ of the documentary.

KCLR broadcasted their current affairs programme The Way It Is with Sue Nunn live from Carlow IT. You can listen back at The Way It Is.

Mayo Movie World

Senior primary school children, as well as Tidy Towns organisations and business groups in Mayo, were invited to attend one of two screenings of the Story of Water documentary at Mayo Movie World. The event was followed by a Q&A session with Irish Water expert engineers and ‘stars’ of the documentary. 

Thursday 5th March

Limerick for Engineering Annual Showcase

The Limerick for Engineering Annual Showcase took place in Shannon Airport departures hal. This annual eventl s an industry led initiative to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent (apprentice, technicians and engineers) available in the region. Irish Water engineers talked about their own careers and education, performed some fun water experiments and demonstrated how water is treated from source to tap. 

Friday 5th March

Tour of Vartry Water Treatment Plant

The Vartry Water Supply Scheme provides drinking water for a supply area stretching from Roundwood, through north Wicklow up to south Dublin and serves over 200,000 people. Irish Water is making a significant investment in the Vartry Water Supply Scheme to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply for the north Wicklow and south Dublin areas. This investment will ensure that water provided complies with water quality standards set out in the European Union Drinking Water Directive and the current, national Drinking Water Regulations. The treatment plant was opened to pre-arranged visitors including local representatives and other stakeholders who received a tour of the plant by an Irish Water engineer.

Engineers Ireland

Engineers Week is organised by Engineers Ireland whose STEPS programme encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice. For further information on all events taking place, visit the Engineers Week website.

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