Languages in Engineering
Big engineering companies in countries like Japan, France or Holland reflect the global nature of engineering. About 180 overseas engineering companies are based in Ireland, and while English is the language used, your ability to have a working knowledge of a foreign language could land you the job with a multinational engineering company.
When you think of engineering, you might think of the famous German engineering. Because of the demographics in Germany where the population is getting older, a generation of engineers will be retiring shortly and there will not be enough young engineers to replace them. This offers engineering opportunities, and some colleges in Ireland and now linking their engineering courses with German language studies.
Because the modern workforce is mobile and international, you are likely to be involved in projects involving an international workforce. To be part of an international field, surely you should also be international and be able to communicate with people from different engineering backgrounds. Environmental, biomedical and energy efficiency development are fields which look to the future and develop rapidly. More and more countries will want to tap into the expertise of those working in the field, giving companies a chance to work on international projects with international teams.
Do you expect them all to speak English?
Languages in Manufacturing
About 70% of Irish manufacturing is about exports. If you are involved in manufacturing, you are likely to be connected to overseas markets. New products and demand create job opportunities, and with a little extra language skills you can increase your range in the field. Cutting edge developments in areas such as 3D printing, robotics or augmented reality happen globally - having language skills in your field will give you more options to get involved.