Arup to inspire tomorrow’s engineers during STEPS Engineers Week 2020

Arup, a strategic partner of Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme, is set to inspire hundreds of students across Ireland during STEPS Engineers Week 2020.

Taking place nationwide from Saturday, February 29 until Friday, March 6, STEPS Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. The weeklong celebration of engineering in schools, libraries, Local Authorities, engineering organisations and third-level institutions across Ireland is coordinated by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme and has been supported by Arup and the Arup Trust for over a decade.  

During Engineers Week, Arup engineers will host engineering workshops and participate in school visits right across Ireland. On Thursday, 5 March, Arup’s Dublin office will host an Engineers Week Workshop for secondary school students and their teachers which will aim to spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession.

The engineering consulting firm will also participate in the Limerick for Engineering Showcase event at Shannon Airport Departures Hall, Co. Clare where hundreds of students from the Mid-West will discover more about the limitless opportunities a career in engineering can offer and the diverse range of engineering opportunities that are available in the Mid-West region.

Commenting at the launch of STEPS Engineers Week 2020 at the Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun, Joe Burns, Director and Buildings Group Leader at Arup in Ireland, said: “Arup is proud to support STEPS Engineers Week 2020 and we look forward to engaging with primary and secondary school students, their parents and teachers at workshops, school visits and events right across Ireland.  STEPS Engineers Week has become an integral part of Arup’s engineering calendar and plays an important role in encouraging young people to imagine the impossible. As one of the largest engineering consulting firms in Ireland, we are particularly proud to support this event and Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme to inspire Ireland’s future engineers to dream, invent and create the Ireland of tomorrow.”

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “With our recent survey of members indicating that over 5,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year, engineers have never been more in demand in Ireland. Industry involvement is central to the success of our STEPS Programme and we are pleased to collaborate with Arup and the Arup Trust to bring engineering to life in classrooms and workshops right across Ireland. STEPS Engineers Week will help spark children’s imaginations about STEM and showcase the limitless opportunities a career in engineering can offer, and we look forward to meeting Ireland’s future engineers throughout the week.”

Over 75,000 students, teachers and parents are set to engage in over 700 activities as part of the STEPS Engineers Week 2020 celebrations. To find our more or to get involved, visit:

The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme is also funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders Arup, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). For more information, visit: