Engineers Week 2021

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

Engineers Week 2021 - 27 February to 5 March

STEPS 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.

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.

Irish Water staff from across the country are sharing stories about their varied careers in the water industry and highlighting the size and scale of the work in safeguarding Ireland’s water and wastewater infrastructure for the future.

The Story of Water

A documentary focusing on our most precious natural resource

‘The Story Of Water’ is a documentary that focuses on the critical value of our most precious natural resource and explores 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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Strandhill Wastewater Treatment Plant

Virtual tour of the recently upgraded, state-of-the-art treatment plant

Every year, during Engineers Week, Irish Water and our Local Authority partners regularly invite students to visit our local drinking water and wastewater treatment plants to give them the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of these facilities and promote engineering as a career. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to our treatment plants has been limited. As an alternative to visiting your local wastewater treatment plant, you can now enjoy a virtual tour of Strandhill Wastewater Treatment Plant, a state-of-the-art facility which has increased its capacity by approximately 150%. The upgrade works now ensure that the treatment plant is environmentally compliant and will also provide for economic growth and development in Strandhill. Strandhill is one of four wastewater treatment plants in Sligo which was recently upgraded, benefiting over 8,300 customers, along with Grange, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad.

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Irish Water is investing in the wastewater infrastructure across the country, building new plants, upgrading old plants and laying new sewers. We manage approximately 1,062 wastewater treatment plants and 25,000 km of sewer network, and over a billion litres of wastewater is collected every day in Ireland’s public sewers and treated at treatment plants before being released safely back into the environment.

Meet the engineers

Victoria and Tom Quigley, Engineers – Asset Planning

We collaborate with colleagues across Irish Water and Local Authorities to deliver improvements where they are needed most. It’s always interesting and no two days are ever the same.

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Agnieszka Wojdowska and Peter McNulty, Process Optimisation Engineers

Every day is different and brings a new challenge. Each treatment plant is different, some designed and built many years ago and with different technologies.

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Donal Heaney, Asset Operations Lead - Wastewater

I always had a very strong curiosity about how the natural and manmade worlds worked and liked taking things apart and putting them back together. Combined with my strong aptitude for Maths, Physics and Chemistry in school, engineering seemed a logical subject to study.

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Jean Hobbs, Project Manager for the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade project

When I was about 9 years old I remember my father pointing out different sewage outfall locations in Dublin Bay at the time, and it struck me how important a role Engineers play in safeguarding our environment.

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Alice O’Sullivan, National Design Build Operations Manager

A qualification in engineering opens the door to many opportunities to allow you to find a career which will play to your strengths.

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Aidan Loughlin, Cross Industry Graduate Programme

I applied for the programme as it seemed like a great start to a career after college and I had an interest in water treatment having done my work placement in wastewater treatment operations.

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Darragh Martin, Cross Industry Graduate Programme

I applied for the programme because I wanted to use my qualifications as a springboard into an exciting career. This programme offered a unique opportunity, so I applied and was delighted to have been accepted. For me it was a great opportunity to start an exciting career after college.

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Fintan Ruddy, Water and Wastewater Engineer

I would highly recommend a career in Engineering. I would recommend gaining experience in all aspects of engineering, continue to learn as much as you can but most importantly develop good working relationships along the way.

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John O’Donoghue, Regional Operations Manager for the Eastern and Midlands Region

As a professional engineer, you get to tackle real problems and find the best engineering solutions to those problems. Every working day is different so if you are a creative thinker, enjoy problem solving and like variety, engineering is a career choice worth exploring.

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Kevin O’Leary, Project Manager for the National Laboratory project

What I enjoy the most about engineering is the challenge, taking a concept and developing it through the design and construction phases, and finally seeing the end product become operational is very satisfying. 

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Olive Marshall, Wastewater Regional Lead for the East and Midlands

Engineering is a way of thinking, a way of problem solving. It is certainly hard work from the course through to the job, however, it is a very enjoyable and rewarding career.

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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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