Local Authorities

Engineers in Local Authorities

We invite you to become a member of Engineers Ireland and as a member, your active engagement will benefit from our wide range of relevant activity.

Some of these are outlined below and to participate, we will be delighted to assist with your application.

We encourage you to also refer a colleague who will benefit and in appreciation, you and your colleague, upon his/her election to membership, will each receive a €50 Perfect Card. Just complete this short form and we will take it from there!

This year, our President Peter Quinn, Chartered Engineer, in his inaugral speech said "in my year as President I plan to extend that outreach to all Local Authority engineers across the country. I am confident of the mutual benefits that will flow from that engagement."

Knowledge

"The promotion of self-improvement through learning is very important to me; Engineers Ireland helps me in doing this."

Engineers Ireland asked employers what kind of skills they considered important, they responded that the ‘soft skills’, such as communication, are just as important as the core technical competences. 95% or more engineering employers highly value skills such as teamwork and collaboration, effective verbal communication and effective written communication. To support our members with their ongoing CPD requirements Engineers Ireland have developed a new suite of free eLearning videos available on our member’s area including communication skills, negotiation & influencing skills, finance for engineers and an introduction to project management..

 

Training

"I think it is extremely important to be up to date on all developments in your chosen field and this is the best way to do it. It also helps with ideas for further development so you don't become stagnant in your development."

We recently held a free event in partnership with Kerry County Council “a Local Authority perspective on the Water Services transformation over the past 4 years” which discussed an overview of water services in Kerry, Water Transformation from 2014 to date and its implications for Local Authorities and an assessment of the future challenges posed by the transition to an enduring water services model.

There are also many seminars and courses run by Engineers Ireland that are of relevance to your sector including:

Seminars

Popular seminars include the Local Government Division Seminar on Resilient Infrastructure, Annual Roads and Transportation Society seminary and the annual Fire and Safety division seminar.

Courses

Recent courses include Anaerobic Digestion, Local Authorities Renewable Energies Strategies, Housing, Finance for Engineers, Time Management, the list goes on

 

Networking

“I'm continually impressed by Engineers Ireland's quality of support to the engineering community.  Their communications with members are top class, and the society activities continue to be relevant and topical."

Our community of over 25,000 members from all disciplines, working in more than 4,000 organisations, gives you every opportunity to engage and progress your professional career. Engaging at events such as energy and green engineering, construction costs, innovative technology and social occasions, builds your network and influence.

Recognition

"Engineers Ireland membership leading to Chartered is the true verification of an engineer's real competence."

We realise that the globalised nature of the engineering profession requires the supply of professional engineering talent in all government and industrial sectors across the globe. Engineers Ireland has a very active member base in the GB and Middle East Regions and we get requests on a daily basis from members who are working or intending to work overseas. We are currently in negotiations with the Engineering Council UK and its subgroups to ensure that full mutual recognition agreements remain in place post Brexit to ensure the recognition of the Chartered Engineer title in the UK. 

Commitment

"It helps me to keep up-to-date with the Engineers Journal to keep on top of industry advances, training and events, and the jobs desk."

We recently circulated our Engineers Ireland Digital Yearbook 2018, an exclusive publication for members of Engineers Ireland. From ocean power and performance statistics to biopharmaceuticals and the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh (which won Project of the Year at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017), there’s sure to be something for everybody. We encourage you to access this Digital Yearbook which you can include in the hours claimed for your CPD.

Professional Development

"Membership and professional titles are important for career advancement."

The recruitment process for public appointments and internal competitions required applicants to demonstrate a competence framework which is similar to the Chartered Engineer competences. The value of professional titles like Chartered Engineer is recognised through increased remuneration as shown in our Salary Survey 2018. A Chartered Engineers can expect to earn approximately €3,000-5,000 per year more than an untitled engineer with the same number of years of experience. It takes more than 20 years of experience before this salary gap closes.

 

Advocacy

"Engineers Ireland is an excellent advocacy group for engineers. The organisation makes a wealth of information available to members, organises very good talks and seminars and offers high quality training courses."

Engineers Ireland aims to emphasise the exceptionally high levels of trust in engineers, who are regarded as highly competent professionals. Engineering 2018 is a series of reports published by Engineers Ireland tracking developments in the profession and assess progress in engineering education and employment. The recently launched State of Ireland report is an annual assessment of Irelands Infrastructure, with a focus this year on Water, Wastewater and Flooding. (links to documents)

 

Salary survey

We recently compiled and released our exclusive member-only 2018 salary survey which revealed that graduate engineer salaries increased by 11% in the past four years to €31,000 and that Chartered Engineers with 11-15 years’ experience earn €62,500 per annum.