Ireland Needs Mechanical Engineers And Biomedical Engineers


"A continuation of the dramatic shortage in engineering graduates will negatively impact on economic investment into Ireland."

That's a quote from Dr. Werner Kruckow, head of the Irish division of international engineering giant Siemens, who make everything from gigawatt power stations to medical imaging systems. He was speaking in June 2008. A survey in October 2008 found that 1500 jobs were then available in Irish-based US companies, most of them in high technology. There is a real ongoing need for mechanical engineers and biomedical engineers, to sustain Ireland as an international centre of high-technology industry, to build innovative new industries, and to ensure a secure sustainable energy supply.
For all career information please contact the "Career Development Centre NUI Galway"

"Over the next two years an estimated €400 million will be spent by the private sector building an additional 400 MW of wind power."

Department of the Taoiseach, "Building Ireland's Smart Economy", December 2008
In March 2008, The ESB announced its €22 billion plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. In December 2008, the Irish government renewed its commitment to generate 40% of electrical energy from renewable sources by 2020. These are ambitious goals that can only be achieved by large numbers of talented, skilled engineers working together.

"Talent is in short supply to meet the increasing demands of the energy sector."

MERC Partners, "Staffing the Energy Industry: a Survey on Current and Future Energy Skills Needs", January 2009
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest and most established areas of technology and plays a major part in the development and wealth of communities and nations. The versatility of mechanical engineers allows them to work in a range of roles including research, design, project management, technical sales, computer-aided engineering, process control, manufacturing engineering, aeronautics, materials engineering and product development. In these roles they serve nearly every industry including the rapidly evolving energy sector.

49% of the medical device industry expects to increase its workforce in the coming year. A further 35% expects to maintain its number of employees.

Irish Medical Devices Association, "Medical Device Manufacturers Buck the Downward Trend", November 2008
Biomedical Engineering is a younger, specialised, rapidly evolving engineering discipline. Biomedical engineers integrate biology and medicine with engineering techniques to create devices and therapies that improve human health. They work in medical device development, manufacturing, consultancy, design and even in clinics and hospitals. They are vital to the success of the vibrant medical device industry clustered around Galway, where some of the world's largest manufacturers have their development centres and factories next door to start-up companies working on innovative technology.
Read more about the careers of some individual mechanical and biomedical engineers in our newsletters.
A significant proportion of graduates choose to develop a specialisation through an advanced Masters or PhD degree by research, either at Galway or at overseas universities. Some examples of their work can be found in the Research pages. Graduates of these courses are sought after and offered substantial scholarships at universities in the USA, UK and elsewhere.

Some employers of NUI Galway Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Graduates


Electricity Supply Board, Dublin/Cork 
Boeing, Seattle, USA     
Cameron, Longford 
John Brown Offshore Engineering, London 
Barlo Industries, Clonmel    
IBM, Dublin & London     
MCS International, Galway    
Shell, Netherlands  
Verbatim, Limerick     
Electronic Data Systems, London   
Ford Motor Co., London    
Raychem, Shannon    
Donnelly Mirrors, Naas     
General Electric, Dublin    
Emerson Electric, USA     
Talley Industries, USA     
Alcan, Limerick     
Babcock Energy, London    
ESB International, Dublin    
National Nuclear Corp., UK   
Mitsubishi, Japan     
Innill Dóiteáin Teoranta, Co. Galway   
ThermoKing Europe, Galway 
Fujitsu Isotec, Japan 
Cooper Offshore Engineering, UK 
Glen Dimplex R&D, Louth 
Ocean Technologies, Limerick 
MF Kent, Clonmel & UK 
Hibbitt, Karllson & Sorenson, USA 
Kodak, Germany 
Eurocontrol, Belgium & Netherlands 
Kvaerner Earl & Wright, London 
Chilton Electric, Co. Louth 
Schuf-Armaturen, Germany 
CME, Co. Galway 
South African Breweries Ltd., S.Africa
Schlumberger Industries, UK 
Rolls Royce, UK 
Oak Creek Energy Systems, USA 
Aughinish Alumina, Limerick 
Kenwood, UK
Hitachi Europe, Dublin 
Bankers Trust, USA 
Joint European Torus, UK 
Airbus, UK 

Higher Degrees (full scholarships)

MEngSc Degrees at NUI Galway, NUI Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Ulster University.
MSc Degrees at Cranfield, Edinburgh, Sheffield and other UK universities.

PhD Degrees at NUI Galway.
PhD Degrees at Brown, Cornell, MIT and other US universities.
PhD Degrees at Oxford, Nottingham and other UK universities.

Academic careers 

Lecturers, NUIG, UL, Imperial College London, Northwestern University (USA)
Lecturers, Institutes of Technology in Dublin, Athlone, Tralee, Waterford, Cork.