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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Sports Engineer

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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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Invents new training equipment, better ways to measure performance and even fabrication of performance clothing.


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Sports engineering is concerned with the research and development of technologies for the sports industry.

The Sports engineer combines technology with the mechanics and equipment used in sports. Projects for sports engineers could involve such projects as:

  • Developing mountain bike suspension technology
  • Improving the aerodynamics of golf balls to increase flying time and accuracy 
  • Applying the laws of science to enhance and create new types of surfaces and equipment for use in sports arenas, gyms, fields and other venues

Engineers research different technologies and methods that improve the performance of products such as tennis balls, rackets, footwear and sportswear.

A sports engineer might observe how the seams and grooves of a soccer ball impact aerodynamics during movement. Engineers also work with athletes directly to assess how their oxygen intake, nutrition and workout regimen affect their performance.


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Employers in this field also look for students and professionals who have played sports as athletes and are knowledgeable about the game.


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Sports technology jobs typically fall under the umbrella of Mechanical Engineering. It is therefore a common course of entry to study in this area.

Traditional engineering programs may use sports as examples, while some courses may be more focused on product development and design. 

It is becoming increasingly common for students to specialise in areas such as Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Medical Physics, Sports Technology and Mathematics. 

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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: (01) 8608800
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Organisation: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Address: Head Office, 44 Kildare St, Dublin 2
Tel: LoCall 0761 001 601 (+ 353 1 670 7444 outside Ireland)
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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
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