Ireland experiences a shortage of automation engineers

Stephen O'Brien 10.07.2014

How many times have you heard,“there are no engineering jobs in this country.” In certain industries this statement is true.  The well-documented collapse of the construction industry in Ireland has lead to a huge decrease of jobs in areas such as civil engineering, quantity surveying and architecture to name but a few.

However, this is definitely not the case for certain other areas of engineering. In recent years Ireland has experienced a huge shortage of automation engineers. This is predominantly due to the growth of industries such as medical device, pharmaceutical etc. Areas such as Cork, Limerick and Galway have become hubs for such industries and the demand for engineers to service their needs are growing. It is also due to the fact that processes within these industries are becoming more and more automated and this in turn means more automation engineers are needed. Engineers with a good working knowledge of PLCs such as Siemens S7 and Allen Bradley etc are very sought after.

If you are an automation engineer and are unsure of what you should be earning take a look at Morgan McKinley’s Salary Guide.

If you are looking for a new challenge, feel free to contact me to discuss your options.

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