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

Taking place from 28 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 is delighted to be taking part with a host of events planned 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 will be meeting lots of students and speaking about 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 will be hosting a number of screenings across the country of the Story of Water documentary for second and third level students. This will be followed by a Q&A session with Irish Water expert engineers and, where possible, ‘stars’ of the documentary will be participating. 

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.

Regional Events

Saturday 29th February

Galway City Museum – Build a Water Tower Water Crisis Challenge

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

Monday 2nd March

Cavan Leakage Reduction Programme Education Outreach

Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction communications team in partnership with the North West Regional Communications team will speak to students in Cavan town who are affected by current water mains replacement works as well as 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 town.

The Gate Cinema, Mallow

Screening of the Story of Water documentary for local second and third level students. This will be followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert staff.

Institute of Technology screenings of ‘Story of Water’

Students from relevant courses in three institute of technologies in Sligo, Letterkenny and Castlebar will be invited to a screening of the Story of Water documentary followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert engineers. Where possible ‘stars’ of the documentary will be participating in the Q&A sessions. 

Tuesday 3rd March

Limerick Institute of Techonology

Screening of the Story of Water documentary for local second and third level students. This will be followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert staff.

Wednesay 4th March

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.

The Gate Cinema, Mallow

Screening of the Story of Water documentary for local second and third level students. This will be followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert staff.

Mayo Movie World

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

Thursday 5th March

Carlow Institute of Technology

Screening of the Story of Water documentary for local second and third level students. This will be followed by a Q&A with Irish Water expert staff.

Limerick for Engineering Annual Showcase

Taking place in Shannon Airport departures hall, this event is an industry led initiative to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent (apprentice, technicians and engineers) available in the region. Irish Water engineers will talk about their own careers and education, perform some fun water experiments and demonstrate 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 will be open to pre-arranged visitors including local representatives and other stakeholdersespecially for Engineers Week.

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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