First year engineering students from the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Institute of Technology, Tralee recently took part in the first Engineering Orientation Programme visiting local businesses and sites of relevance to their courses within the department. All new students to IT, Tralee take part in the Student Orientation Programme held on the first week of term which is designed to assist in students’ successful transition from second level to third level, while promoting and encouraging students’ personal academic success and individual development.
The Engineering Orientation Programme provided students an opportunity to become familiar with what to expect as an engineering student, as well as providing information to help students succeed and determine individual and career goals. Civil Engineering and Renewable Energy students visited the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, a unique eco-friendly attraction which interweaves nature and eco-tourism, soft adventure and water based activities; followed by a visit to Transmission Links Ireland Ltd (TLI) based in Abbeydorney, a utility infrastructural consultancy and construction company operating extensively within the utilities sector in Ireland and internationally. Agricultural Engineering, Mechanical and Mechanical & Electronic Engineering students visited Dairymaster, a world leader in milking equipment manufacturing in Causeway, while Mechanical and Mechanical & Electronic Engineering students visited BorgWarner BERU Systems, the specialist for diesel cold start technology, gasoline ignition, electronics and sensorics located in Tralee. Agricultural Engineering students and the first cohort of Agricultural Science students visited local farms in Kielduff and Caherbreagh.
The Head of School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Dr. Joseph Walsh said the introduction of the engineering orientation was a significant development within the STEM school which would help foster close links between students, academic staff and local industry. “Engineering Orientation Week is intended to provide first-year engineering students at the Institute with a taste of potential future careers and work environments where their skills will be required. A significant number of IT, Tralee graduates are employed by Dairymaster, TLI and BERU in the areas of production, R&D, marketing, business development and sales”, he said. ‘The STEM Orientation programme is designed to provide students who are new to the Institute with an opportunity to engage with lecturers and industry experts in small group settings, which in turn facilitates excellent interaction between academia and industry”, he added.