LIT to host students and employers at engineering Open Day to explore new fields

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Dr Maura Clancy, head of the LIT Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Picture: Alan Place

Dr Maura Clancy, head of the LIT Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Picture: Alan Place

WITH ENGINEERING currently one of the world’s most sought after qualifications, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is shortly set to showcase the many career paths and opportunities available through this field of study. 

The LIT Engineering Open Day, taking place January 19, will allow prospective students to gain insight into the many engineering strands, according to the head of the LIT department of electrical and electronic engineering Dr Maura Clancy. 

“It also provides an opportunity for industry and community to be actively involved with LIT as some of the region’s most successful engineering employers will be present on the day, ready to advise on how to pursue a career in engineering,” Dr Clancy said. 

“Staff and current students of LIT will also be there to share some of the exciting work taking place at LIT,”  she added. 

Engineering is an “exciting, interesting and rewarding career for all, irrespective of age, gender or general interests”, according to Dr Clancy. 

“Engineers apply science and maths to solve problems, they figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries,” she said. 

“If you have an inquisitive mind, if you want to know how things work then a very rewarding career in engineering lies ahead for you,” added Dr Clancy.

Engineering is also an enticing and interesting career path for women, she said adding that she fears “cultural perception” may be hampering efforts to attract female school leavers into the field. 

Newly appointed as the head of the LIT engineering department, Dr Clancy is an advocate of lifelong learning. She joined LIT in 2012 and has lectured on many of the LIT engineering programmes. 

She will join staff, students and industry leaders at the LIT Engineering Open Day on January 19 in LIT’s Moylish Campus. Running from 10 am to 2pm, the event is free of charge.

Booking is not required but visitors are recommended to arrive early to get the most from their visit.