Career Ready students get insight into engineering

Twelve IT students from Northern Regional College in Ballymena in Northern Ireland visited McAuley Engineering’s office on Tuesday 10 May.

The students got a behind the scenes tour of the McAuley office, and an insight into how components are made for Aerospace, transport, and energy.

David Condell, Operations Director at McAuley Engineering, said: “I really enjoyed welcoming students from Northern Regional College to our business and opening their eyes to what working in engineering is like.

“McAuley Engineering believe that it is vital for the sustainability and success of the whole Northern Ireland engineering sector to develop talented students and future employees so that the sector can compete and grow internationally and become even more recognised than it already is. 

“I believe that employers need to be in direct contact with students and school staff so that they have the best and most relevant up-to-date information about what is happening in our industry.”

At the visit, David demonstrated how components are made for the railway and haulage systems in the UK, Ireland, the Far East and the USA, as well as looking at valve manufacturing in the oil and gas sectors across the world.

McAuley Engineering also generously sponsored the 2016 Northern Ireland graduation. Career Ready Regional Manager for Northern Ireland, Tony Madden, said: “On the visit our students got a real insight what it’s like to work for a world-leading engineering company like McAuley Engineering.

“They got to see the engineering behind incredible technology – from the iconic London Routemaster Bus to challenger jets. The visit raised our students’ aspirations and helped them to see what a varied and interesting career path engineering could hold for them.

“We are really grateful to McAuley and to David.”