Waterways Ireland will host a series of site visits and workshops for primary and post primary pupils as part of Engineers Week 2017. This year events are taking place in Enniskillen on the Erne, Portumna Bridge on the Shannon and Monasterevin Lock on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal.
Led by our Engineering teams, students will get the opportunity to see a unique swing bridge in operation in Portumna and learn about the automated mechanisms required to make this happen. They will take part in engineering based workshops in Enniskillen and learn about lifting bridge and Lock operation in Monasterevin!
Engineers Week runs from 4th to 10th March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The theme for 2017 is ‘Engineering Our Future' – aimed at igniting the imaginations of the next generation of engineers. There are a range of engineering professionals including civil and mechanical engineers and technicians working within Waterways Ireland. The projects carried out on all seven navigations managed by the organisation are wide and varied. Projects include navigation operation, maintenance and development, structural design, project management, fleet management, development and maintenance of electro-hydraulically operated lock gates and accompanying smart card system and much more.
Engineers Week is coordinated by Engineers Ireland and is a platform to highlight engineering as a career and recognise the importance of the continually evolving engineering profession. The event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the positive contribution made by Waterways Ireland to local communities. Each year Waterways Ireland Engineers share their expertise by giving presentations and hosting site visits with local school groups which always prove extremely popular, booking up well in advance. Year on year demand has grown for these events and already we have over 320 students lined up to visit the Barrow Navigation, the Shannon Navigation and the Erne System for 2017