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Volunteer Engineers

The STEPS Young Engineers Award is a project-style competition aimed at 3rd and 4th class primary school students in the Republic of Ireland. An optional, but important and much-loved, part of the students’ engineering journey is for the teams to present their projects. This is where you come in!



The STEPS Volunteer Engineer Programme is a nationwide community of engineers who want to inspire young people as an engineering role model. 

Our Volunteer Engineers visit a class taking part in the STEPS Young Engineers Award competition to listen to the student’s engineering project presentations and to tell the class about their lives as an engineer.

Volunteering is a great way to give back. Meeting an engineering role model, and getting encouraging feedback, is one of the most impactful ways for young people to gain confidence and make more informed choices.

If you are looking for a rewarding, meaningful experience as well as a way to gain CPD Credits, you should consider becoming one of our STEPS Young Engineers Award volunteers.  

All our volunteers must attend one of our annual online STEPS training sessions that are held in September. Sessions are approximately 90 minutes. There are multiple sessions for you to choose one training session at a time that suits you!

STEPS Volunteer Engineer Training Workshop

Last year our online training sessions sold out! This year we have seven training sessions (1.5 hours long) scheduled for the week of 12 September. 

Pick one session below that suits you best and sign up to attend!


At this session you will hear the latest information on the programme, understand how to comply with our Child Safe-guarding policy and you will meet (virtually) your fellow Volunteer Engineers. 

You can attend training with no obligation; you can choose to opt in or opt out of volunteering at any point.

To volunteer with STEPS, you must be:

  • A qualified engineer, studying engineering at third level or currently employed in an engineering role
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willing to attend a mandatory 1.5-hour STEPS training session


Resources available to all our STEPS Young Engineers Award Volunteers

Once you have completed a volunteer training session you will be invited to sign up online up as a STEPS Volunteer Engineer. Once you have been accepted you will receive a Volunteer Pack.

This includes:

  • A customisable Power Point presentation for your class visit
  • Online app to support matching you with your preferred school
  • Tips on communicating with a young audience
  • A social media template to share your volunteering experience with your connections.
  • An additional Lunch and Learn session to prepare you

Volunteering with STEPS

What's involved


Learn more
STEPS Young Engineers Award
Download a PDF of the STEPS Young Engineers Award Role Description.
Contact the STEPS team
Call the STEPS team on (01) 665 1340