Manufacturing and industrial engineers take on the complex task of producing goods in large numbers. They are problem-solvers who make the entire process involved in manufacturing and distributing a product more efficient.
The skills and competencies needed within manufacturing are changing due to scientific and technological advances. These changes include automation and new developments in computer technology.
Manufacturing and industrial engineers are involved in the range of design and development processes that result in products. Whether its clothing, cell phones, computers, cars, DVDs, food and drink, athletic gear, medicine or cosmetics - virtually everything we use on a daily basis has passed through the manufacturing process.
Manufacturing is an extremely diverse area, almost all physical goods you use are manufactured, even farm goods will go through a packaging process. While many of the goods on Irish shelves are imported there are factories producing goods and seeking employees right across the island. Entry level roles as production operatives are many peoples starting point and offer a basis from which you can develop the skills and experience necessary for advancement.
Professional roles in management, human resources and administration are required in manufacturing operations. Staff looking to take on leadership roles or jobs with greater responsibility will benefit from perusing opportunities for upskilling, whether in the form of internal training or taking course in colleges.