Engineers Week 2018 at Waterways Ireland was a great success again this year! A series of free site visits and workshops were on offer to primary school students at Headquarters in Enniskillen, at Monasterevin Lock and Lifting Bridge in Kildare and Lock 2 Ballyconnell in Cavan. Demand was extremely high with in excess of 225 students from 10 primary schools taking part.
Led by our Engineering teams, students had the opportunity to see a smart card system of operating locks in Ballyconnell and learn a little bit about the automated mechanisms required to make this happen. They took part in engineering based workshops in Enniskillen and learned about lifting bridge, aqueduct and manual Lock operation in Monasterevin!
Engineers Week took place from 24th February to 2nd March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The theme for 2017 was 'Engineering Our Future' – aimed at igniting the imaginations of the next generation of engineers.
Feedback from schools has been very positive with many expressing interest in attending future educational events hosted by Waterways Ireland. A number of students have stated they wanted to become Engineers in the future – so the event has inspired the next generation!
Engineers Week is coordinated by Engineers Ireland and is a platform to highlight engineering as a career and recognise the importance of the continually evolving engineering profession. The event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the positive contribution made by Waterways Ireland to local communities. There are a range of engineering professionals including civil and mechanical engineers and technicians working within Waterways Ireland. The projects carried out on all seven navigations managed by the organisation are wide and varied. Projects include navigation operation, maintenance and development, structural design, project management, fleet management, development and maintenance of electro-hydraulically operated lock gates and accompanying smart card system and much more.
Each year Waterways Ireland Engineers share their expertise by leading hands on workshops, giving presentations and hosting site visits with local school groups which always prove extremely popular, booking up well in advance.