Exceptional opportunities for Electronic Engineers in Ireland
Before we look ahead at the future of Electronic Engineering let’s first look back.
In the late 1980’s, and up to the early part of the 21st Century, Ireland had a huge supply of well-educated people working in a very progressive electronics market.
By the early 1970s, many of the world’s leading electronics companies had established basic assembly and test facilities here, including Digital Equipment Corporation (1971), Measurex (1973), Northern Telecom (1973), Ericsson (1974), Data 100 (1975), NEC (1975), Nixdorf Computer (1977), Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1978), Amdahl (1979), Wang (1979), Apple (1980) and Fujitsu (1980).
In the 1980s, the strategy moved to specialisation in key high-tech sectors. Along came Lotus (1984), Microsoft (1985), Intel (1989), Tellabs (1989) Motorola (1989), Dell (1990), HP (1995), IBM (1996), Oracle (1996), Xerox (1998).
However, is a career in electronic engineering a good move for students today?
Absolutely! Smart products and IoT are becoming the norm with new companies growing in Ireland. The battle for talent in these highly-skilled industries continues to intensify and employers are willing to pay a premium for hard to find skills.
As much as students are wise to have one eye on future job prospects, they must ultimately choose a course that is right for them. Electronic engineering offers a broad range of exciting career challenges including producing new innovations and developments in telecommunications, robotics, computing hardware and power and electrical equipment.
Industries such as the medical device and pharmaceutical industries are crying out for engineering professionals such as manufacturing engineers, automation engineers, packaging engineers, chemical engineers, process engineers, maintenance engineers and lean six sigma engineers.
If you like the idea of creating electrical systems which could help millions of people on a day to day basis, if you love a challenge and want to work in a rapidly progressing job that will ultimately aid in transforming our worlds information technology, then studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering is for you.
Shortfall of Electronic Engineers
There are currently 12 Irish Educational Institutions offering Electrical and Electronic Courses, which will support the Irish market going forward and in turn will ensure the electronics companies in Ireland will grow at a controlled rate, however, Ireland must produce more engineers at a quicker rate to keep up with demands on infrastructure and technology.
We have exceptional opportunities in Ireland and a shortage of suitable candidates for our innovative clients throughout the country. Suitably qualified international engineers are always welcome as well as young Irish candidates to ensure that Ireland becomes central to the growth of the world market for innovative products.
The outlook for Ireland’s tech skills is looking positive for 2018 according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA), let’s hope it goes some way to filling the existing skills gap.
We at CareerWise have made a commitment to remain true to our core beliefs and values and always to provide a quality service offering. All our consultants come from industry so we understand the challenges around demands for niche skills.
So, if you fit the criteria for any of the above jobs and are looking for a career change, feel free to contact myself or any of the consultants her in CareerWise today.
Electronic Engineer, Tom Devaney