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Transition Year programme

STEPS Engineering Your Future is a week-long transition-year programme that gives students a hands-on, fun and practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career. Engineering Your Future is coordinated by the Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme and is hosted by a variety of colleges and companies all over the country. 

All the programmes on offer give students the chance to experience some of the various disciplines of engineering; helping students to gain real life, hands-on experience and to make an informed future career choice.

The three, four and five-day experiences will all include a combination of:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Group projects
  • Campus and/or site visits
  • Lectures and presentations
  • Fun challenges 

Applications will be open soon. In the meantime please see programme details for 2022.

EYF 2022 programme information, dates and fees

Click on the below to reveal programme information.

STEPS Engineering Your Future 2022 Programme details


Clandillon Civil Consulting  

CCC will host events for students over 3 days. These events will help students improve their understanding of engineering in the real world, allow students to have their questions answered and settle any fears they may feel towards pursuing engineering as a career.

These events will include Quizzes, Games, Chats with Engineers, Q&A sessions, and Demonstrations of some of the work that we undertake at CCC. We will also look at resources such as YouTube which highlight interesting aspects of engineering.

29th-31st March 2022
(3-day programme)
DBFL Consulting Engineers

DBFL Consulting Engineers will provide a hybrid programme including a mix of interactive ‘hands-on’ sessions , a site visit, in-person sessions with our engineers, fun games and challenges

as well as direct interaction with our engineers across Civil, Structural and Transportation engineering teams,  presenting on a range of interesting topics throughout the programme.

9th to 11th March 2022 (3-day programme)

Dublin City University (DCU)

The programme will start with an introduction to engineering in general and the engineering courses and facilities available at Dublin City University. The students will then take part in a disintegration project - where they will learn how a product is designed by taking it apart an examining how it is put together. Students will also work on DCU's "Green Power" race car. The students will work on assembling and disassembling portions of the race car and identifying and measuring key components. On the second day students will use the SolidWorks computer aided design system to design an engineering component and will then manufacture this component using a 3D printer. Students will learn about pneumatics and control in DCU's state of the art pneumatics laboratory and will build circuits using industrial components.

On the final day students will go on a field trip to our industrial partners site to see how a large multinational engineering company functions and to get an insight into the day-to-day life of an engineer working in industry. The programme will conclude with a tour of DCU campus and a Q&A session.

7th -9th March 2022 (3-day programme)

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

Students will receive an initial induction and icebreakers session for a half day. Over the following three days, the programme will  provide the student with an exposure to mechanical, civil and electronics engineering activities in a group environment. Activities will include mechanical build and software programming of a robot arm kit and a bridge building / surveying exercise. The importance of design and sustainability to each discipline will also feature. The programme will finish with a feedback session and reflection on the week's achievements.

10th – 13th May (4-day programme)

Fingleton White 

The 2022 Fingleton White Transition Year Virtual Programme aims to give students a broad overview of the world of engineering and demonstrate the endless opportunities a degree in engineering provides. Fingleton White will provide a 3 day online programme and, covid permitting, will provide a fourth day in-person in one of their four offices (Dublin, Cork, Portlaoise, Galway)

 Some of the highlights of the programme are;

  • Presentations and workshops on topics such as wind and solar energy, natural gas and water
  • Run through of exciting real-world projects with Fingleton White’s engineers
  • Hands-on experiments demonstrated virtually
  • Q&A sessions with engineers from a range of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and biomedical!
  • Introduction to IT skills such as Excel and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Information on the Pathway to Engineering and an overview of college courses from recent college graduates

28th -31st March 2022 (3-day programme)

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

Get ready for an exciting trip through many Engineering worlds - Software & Electronic, Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, Energy.

A mix of online and on campus activities will focus on practical and industry interactions. We want to welcome you to GMIT for Engineering Your Future. Engineering is for everyone ... just bring your enthusiasm and an open mind.

9th-11th of May 2022 (3-day programme)

Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow)

Participating students will have the opportunity to partake in activities and gain experience in multiple disciplines of engineering. Students will spend time in the Department of Built Environment (Civil & Structural Engineering, Architecture, Surveying) followed by the Department of  Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering.  All activities will have a strong hands-on, practical engagement emphasis where possible.

3rd May - 6th May 2022 (4 day programme)

Maynooth University

Would you like to explore how engineers get their training?

The Electronic engineering department is delighted to offer TY students the opportunity to explore the world of electronics in a university lab setting.

Our world is run by electronics, and the applications for electronics are almost endless. Everything that surrounds you started in a lab, just like ours, somewhere in the world. Come in, experience and explore this fascinating world for yourselves!

Workshops and labs will be offered in analogue and digital electronic circuits, circuit building, software and controls systems as well as talks from our Wave energy research group and a visit to our world leading anechoic chamber for 5G and high frequency RF testing.

10th -12th May 2022 (3-day programme)

Munster Technological University Cork Campus (MTU Cork)

MTU Bishopstown campus will run a STEPS EYF programme in May 2022.  Dates and type of programme to be confirmed (virtual/on campus/hybrid)  Students will get an opportunity to experience MTU’s cutting edge and award winning programmes within the Faculty of Engineering & Science.  They will also get an opportunity to meet and interact with students, graduates, lecturers and industry partners who will showcase the endless career opportunities that are available as an Engineering graduate.


Munster Technological University Kerry Campus (MTU Kerry)


National University of Galway (NUIG)

This 3-day NUIG STEPS EYF event will feature hands-on workshops and interactive talks about engineering. Engineers are tinkerers and creative problem solvers. Today’s engineers work on a wide range of problems which includes designing bridges, coding self driving cars, designing implants, and combating climate change. The workshops and talks will give insight into how engineers use creativity, math and science to find exciting solutions to the worlds most challenging problems. Sessions will focus on mechanical, civil, electrical, biomedical , and energy systems engineering.

April 11-13th (3-day programme)

Palliare Ltd.

Palliare is an Irish Biomedical Device company, based in Galway, working on researching and developing advanced technologies for Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Robotic Surgeries starting from initial concept design and bringing into the market. Our goal is to enhance the safety of Surgical Procedures and the Operating Room by working closely with leading surgeons and medical professionals in hospitals.

As part of the STEPS Programme, we at Palliare, would like to give you the opportunity to meet our Engineering Team and experience Biomedical Engineering in action. We have an exciting programme planned for you, which will run over the course of three days consisting of lab tours, live demonstrations of our surgical products in operation, encouraging career/design process talks from our engineering team, hands-on engineering design challenges and fun quizzes with prizes to be won! We look forward to meeting you in March.

23-25th March 2022 (3-day programme)

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)- Blanchardstown, City and Tallaght Campuses

TU Dublin is once again delighted to welcome transition year students to a packed programe of engineering activities spread across our three campuses in Blachardstown, Tallaght and City Centre. You will make new friends as you  learn all about engineering. You will also learn about the many pathways to an engineering career available from Ireland's premier Technological University.

9th-13th May 2022 (5-day programme)

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest  (TU SMMW, formerly Athlone IT)

Engineers imagine the future then using maths, science, technology and their natural creativity, invent the future! 

Engineers are masters of problem-solving and innovative design.  Engineers are in demand worldwide because they play a pivotal role in the development of mankind.

Join us in TUSMMW to chat about, hear about, learn about and explore the different disciplines of engineering on offer here including Civil, Mechanical, Environmental, Renewable, Polymer and Software Engineering. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet and chat with practicing Engineers and hear their stories.  Join us on a site tour and see first-hand how Engineering improves the everyday lives of people in Ireland and elsewhere.  We look forward to meeting you!

25th - 27th April 2022 (3-day programme)

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

- Talks hosted by the School of Engineering

- Site visit to an onshore wind farm

- Lab-based activities (engineering software)

- Hands-on group activities (bridge design)

- Campus tour

8th - 10th March 2022 (3- day programme)

University College Dublin (College of Engineering & Architecture)

The UCD Engineering Your Future programme, hosted by the UCD College of Engineering & Architecture and supported by STEPS, offers TY students 5 days of content and the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the disciplines & technologies making up the exciting world of engineering
  • Chat with our current Engineering Students about their UCD Experience
  • Hear from recent graduates and guest speakers about their careers
  • Engage through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, design exercises, projects and challenges
  • Take a Tour of the UCD Campus with our Student Ambassadors

9th - 13th May 2022 (5-day programme)

Fees for programmes*

Fee details  for 2022 TBC. 

This fee recoups a portion of the costs associated with running the Engineering Your Future Programme. 

Payment is only required once an offer is received. Payments include Paypal fees. 

Contact the STEPS team
To get in touch with the STEPS team please call (01) 665 1340