Engineers Week 2015

picIreland has a very deep history in the field of engineering, and to celebrate the history of engineering and the contribution which engineers make to Irish industry, Engineers Week will take place in February 2015.

The aim of Engineers Week is to celebrate the engineering profession in Ireland and to grow awareness of engineers in the community, and to showcase engineering as an exciting and diverse career option for students.

As engineers develop new products, they have to determine what materials to use, and in many cases this includes the selection of the appropriate adhesive to meet the demands of the job. They will also need to develop a plan for how the materials will fit and stay together & develop a method for attaching the parts. Typically, the external factors which the glued part will have to withstand (such as temperature, humidity, force etc) are always fully evaluated before full scale manufacturing commences.

Our work in the area of industrial adhesives puts the adhesive chemist in contact with the engineer on a weekly basis. We constantly work with engineers, within the aerospace, marine, automotive & construction sector. We work with engineers to solve problems in areas of material selection, joint design, joint dynamics, pre-treatment etc. Together, we explore how different components and adhesive choice can impact the success or failure of a product.

Engineers Week offers an ideal opportunity to meet the demand from teachers and students to find out more about engineering, through the STEPS school visits programme. The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme is currently processing nearly 1000 requests from teachers for a visit by a volunteer engineer. While the STEPS school visits programme is year-round, Engineers Week is a great opportunity for engineers to link up with their local school during our national celebration of engineering.

There are nearly 600 events in schools & colleges all over Ireland. More information can be found at www.engineersweek.ie