BY JOHN PATRICK KIERANS
DIT estimates that there are now 10 jobs per each building-engineering graduate in the college.
The institute launched a new campaign last month in an attempt to encourage Leaving Cert students to consider a career in building engineering ahead of the CAO deadline on February 1st.
The need for building engineering graduates has resulted in big industry players, such as Jones Engineering, SIRUS, Haughton and Young, Designer Group, Ethos, Varmings, Axis, Dornans, OCSC, Metec, Homan O’Brien, Cundall and Partners as well as the Association of Construction Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) partnering with DIT to support a recruitment and advertising drive to highlight the extremely promising and sustainable career opportunities that exist in the area for motivated students.
Ciara Ahern, Head of Building Engineering at DIT, highlighted the immense potential for career development in the area.
“Building engineers are the highest paid engineers in the construction sector earning a starting salary that is typically €5,000 more than other graduates,” she said.
“Graduates often express surprise that they are immediately put to work on high-end prestigious projects on graduation. We pride ourselves on producing work-ready graduates that require very little further training and are thus of value to companies immediately.
“This means our graduates get a jump-start, climbing the career ladder rapidly. Within a very short timeframe graduates of this discipline are able to command very healthy salaries, such is the demand for their skills,” she added.
Jim Curley, Group Chief Executive at Jones Engineering Group, said: “DIT is an innovator in the building engineering discipline and we are delighted to be supporting the Institute’s campaign. There is a shortage of graduates with the building engineering skills needed by industry.
“These graduates are required amongst other things to support large-scale, high-end projects in all facets of building engineering. Opportunities abound not just at home but overseas for these graduates.”
Ms Ahern continued: “The economic downturn in Ireland, combined with other related demographic factors and trends, has required the building sector to evolve and adapt hugely in recent years.
“Irish firms have proved themselves very agile and while new-builds might not be happening in one part of the world, they are in another. Combined with a digital revolution in the design of buildings, it is a very exciting time to be involved in the construction industry.”
“With [the] industry now crying out for graduates with building engineering skills to support economic growth, there are now ten job opportunities available for every graduate. Our new building engineering campaign is very much focused on bringing attention to the exciting and rewarding career opportunities that are now available to ambitious, capable students, who want to make a positive and real impact in our society.
“Whilst traditionally a career in engineering is not a first choice for young women, I would like to encourage girls to think about this discipline. Building engineers help design and influence the spaces we occupy, and women bring a much-needed perspective that we, as a society, need more of,” she concluded.