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Engineer - Sports

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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
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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