Electrical Engineering

Graduate Profiles

Electrical Engineering Careers

Stephen Tracy - Power Engineer

"After graduation, I joined ESB Networks on a 3 year graduate engineer programme. I spent the first year on network data analysis and software design and the second year on Health & Safety IT Development, during which I attended UCD to complete a Diploma in Health & Safety in the workplace. Currently, in Year 3, I am with ESB International designing and upgrading High Voltage Substations. The work is highly challenging and interesting and my studies prepared me well for it."

Harry O' Farrell - Energy Consultant

"I completed my Level 7 in 2009 and Level 8 in 2010. I then joined Energy Services Ltd. in Cork who are energy consultants specialising in energy procurement, supply/demand side management internationally. My projects so far include embedded generation, power transmission/ distribution, including wind farms, and consumption monitoring and assessment at home, in Europe and as far away as Central Asia. My training as an electrician plus my undergraduate programmes have prepared me well for this work. Power/electrical engineering is an excellent career and there is significant demand for it."

Salaries & Benefits

The 2012 salary survey by Engineers Ireland (the engineering professional body in Ireland) gives the following figures for engineering salaries;

  • Depending on experience, an electrical or electronic engineer typically earned in the range of 43,000 to 78,000 euro.
  • 56% of engineers working for multi-national companies received a pay increase in 2012.
  • Graduate engineers without experience typically start on an average salary of €23,000 and this rapidly increases as they gain experience.

In addition to their basic salary, engineers in general received the following benefits (average figures);

  • Bonuses=€2,500
  • Overtime=€3,500
  • Pension contributions=€2,500
  • Health insurance=€1,000
  • Education & training=€1,500
  • Share purchase options=€1,500
  • Dividends=€500

Employment Prospects

Studies for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (including the Forfás -Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 and the Fás - National Skills Bulletin 2012) indicate that there is a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers. Graduates from CIT's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses are highly regarded in industry so employment prospects for graduates are excellent.

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
CIT, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.

Tel:+353(0)21-4335470
Fax: +353(0)21-4335471
Email:e-eng@cit.ie