Primary and secondary school students from all parts of county Limerick were among the one thousand who attended Mid West Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 at Shannon Airport on Thursday last.
The event which had been postponed one week due to Storm Emma, also attracted parents of school going children, teachers, career guidance councillors and those curious about the ever developing world of engineering.
In its fourth year, this free showcase is the brainchild of the Limerick for Engineering consortium - an industry led collaboration between 30 leading companies in the mid west and the region’s education providers.
During the three hour event, students engaged with the companies (indigenous and multi national); viewed the most cutting edge technologies, witnessed demonstrations by full time engineers, and learnt first hand about the multiple career opportunities available in the Mid West to young people with an interest in engineering.
Staff and students from Limerick Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick, the Limerick Clare ETB and Griffith College were on hand to outline the various courses and routes that are available to students wishing to pursue a career in the engineering field.
Paschal Meehan, Dean, Work Based Learning, Vice President of International Engagement and Chairperson of Limerick for Engineering described this year’s showcase as exceptional, attracting the largest ever number of attendees.
“Limerick for Engineering is a unique collaboration between industry and education which informs the next generation of engineers. The industry displays at this year’s showcase were interactive and informative and generated great interest among those who attended. It was also clear from the technology on display that engineering is an interesting and rewarding career which is open to everyone. The showcase gave young and old, male and female, the opportunity to see first hand what working as an engineer in the best companies here in the Mid West is all about,” said Mr Meehan.
Barry Lowe, Engineering Manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon & Chairman of the Thomond Region of Engineers Ireland was impressed with the interest of the young people who attended the event.
“The huge turn out and the engagement of the young people during Limerick for Engineering was extremely encouraging, and the future as well as the present, is indeed very bright for engineering in the Mid West.”
Barry O’Sullivan, General Manager, Johnson & Johnson Vision & President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland said the Mid West Limerick for Engineering Showcase demonstrated the various interesting and exciting careers in engineering available throughout the region.
“The key contributor to the success of established companies in the region has been the availability of engineering graduates from the regional education and training institutions including the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), University of Limerick (UL), and the Limerick Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB)".
“Additionally, a strong collaboration between industry and academia has facilitated the development of new courses to meet the future skills demand,” he added.
“The recent significant success in delivering jobs to the region means that never before has there been such a wide range of new and exciting careers available in engineering. These careers are in different disciplines and at many different levels and specialisms such as apprenticeships, technician roles, engineering, as well as research and development,” added Mr O’Sullivan.
Following on the success of the this year’s event the fifth Mid West Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 will return to Shannon Airport in 2019.