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FAQs about engineering

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions on engineering

What do engineers earn?

In a 2012 salary survey by Engineers Ireland, graduate engineers reported earning EUR28,000 per year (median figure). Engineers with 3 to 5 years' experience reported earnings of EUR38,000 per year (median figure).

I can't decide on an engineering discipline. What do you advise?

If you are unsure which area of engineering suits you, there are plenty of general engineering courses that will help you keep your options open until graduation. You can then specialise in a particular area that interests you by doing a Masters or another course after your primary degree.

Also, many courses offer general engineering for the first year or two, and then students choose a specialty for their final years.

Like many professionals, engineers are expected to keep their skills up to date throughout their careers by undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training.

What else can I do with an engineering degree?

Engineering gives you the flexibility to explore many different career paths. Engineering students gain a valuable set of skills that serve as a strong career foundation. Engineers have a problem-solving mindset; a flexible, creative approach to work; and they work well in teams. These skills are valued by all employers and serve every role well, from technician to chief executive officer (CEO). In a US survey of the top 500 companies on the stock market, 33 percent of CEOs had an engineering degree.

Do engineers get to travel much?

Many engineers are required to travel for work, whether to visit different sites or to meet clients in various locations. Engineers may find themselves travelling around Ireland or further afield. Many large companies have international offices; employees may be offered the opportunity to work for six months or a year in another country.

If you hope to travel as an engineer, it's important to first make sure your course is accredited by Engineers Ireland. Accredited qualifications are recognised abroad in dozens of countries, giving you mobility in the international workforce.