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Structural Engineer

ESB

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If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Why work at ESB?

We offer a balance of great opportunities, reward, and personal and professional development.

Why work at ESB?

We offer a balance of great opportunities, reward, and personal and professional development.


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Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. With a holding of 95%, ESB is majority owned by the Irish Government. The remaining 5% is held by an Employee Share Ownership Trust.

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ESB Generation & Wholesale Markets (G&WM) has a generation portfolio that includes 4.3GW of generation in the Single Electricity Market (SEM) and 0.4GW in Great Britain. ESB G&WM owns and operates generating stations in the Republic of Ireland and UK. 

At present ESB currently operates seven thermal stations and ten hydro stations in the Republic of Ireland using peat, coal, oil and gas fuel types as well as hydro technology. Throughout its history, ESB G&WM has been at the leading edge of power generation technology.

ESB G&WM will be seeking to ensure that it remains at the forefront of electricity generation in Ireland, renewing its portfolio of plant and addressing its position within the all-Ireland market. In order to support the power generation business, high-level engineering expertise is always needed. ESB G&WM has a structured graduate engineer development programme in place for graduate engineer recruits involving a variety of job assignments, structured off-the-job training modules and a mentoring support programme. In addition, opportunities exist for engineers with a number of years experience.

The main engineering roles involve:

  • the operation and maintenance of power stations
  • specialist engineering services
  • project engineering
  • energy management and trading

ESB Networks is the owner of the high voltage transmission system and the owner and operator of the medium and lower voltage distribution system. It provides services to all electricity customers and all generators and suppliers of electricity in the Republic of Ireland including: 

  • connection to the network
  • reading meters and passing these readings to the different supply companies
  • restoring supply in cases of interruptions and emergencies

ESB Networks offers employment in a variety of roles located at main ESB Networks branch centres and at Head Office in Dublin. 

The engineering opportunities are in technical, specialist and management fields. ESB Networks has a structured graduate engineer development programme in place for graduate engineer recruits involving a variety of job assignments. 

ESB International (ESBI) is an international energy company and one of Europe's leading engineering and consultancy organisations. ESBI is responsible for the non-regulated businesses in ESB and operates across a wide area of the energy industry. 

ESBI also provides engineering design, construction management and strategic consultancy services to clients in Ireland and to the power sector worldwide. 

ESBI builds, owns and operates power stations, as well as providing a full range of engineering and consultancy services to clients in the power sector worldwide. With over 1,000 staff, ESBI's expertise covers all aspects of energy projects, from concept to development to operation and maintenance. To date, ESBI has carried out projects in over 115 countries. ESBI has a proven track record in investing and running major power projects and is a trusted partner in the industry. 

ESBI has a structured graduate engineer development programme. 

Electric Ireland 
Electric Ireland, launched in 2011 is the new brand for ESB supply and energy services activities. Electric Ireland’s strategic objective is the foremost supplier of energy and related services in the Irish market offering competitive and sustainable energy solutions. The key priority is to maintain the highest standards of customer service while helping our customers to get the most value from our service. 

By the end of 2012, Electric Ireland had 1.3 million residential electricity customers and 80,000 dual fuel customers in the Republic of Ireland. There are a variety of roles in Electric Ireland spanning disciplines such as marketing, sales, customer service and trading. 

Business Service Centre Business Service Centre is responsible for a number of unregulated activities and internal services for the various business lines within the ESB Group.

As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, we extract further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing public charging infrastructure and more.

With a regulatory asset base (RAB) of approximately €8.3 billion, 43% of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market and supplier of electricity to approximately 1.5 million customers throughout the island of Ireland, we are a leading Irish utility focused on maintaining our financial strength. As at 31 December 2012, the Group employed approximately 8,000 people.

ESB's mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers. ESB's vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company competing successfully in the all islands market.

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