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CPD Engagement Programme

SETU CPD Engagement Programme for Industry

SETU Carlow Department of Built Environment is running a New In-person CPD Engagment Programme for Industry.

The programme consists of 4 CPD seminars throughout the year. Each session will have an interactive workshop element that will ensure there is collaboration and peer to peer learning benefits for candidates.

Overview of Seminars:

10th March           Applying Assertiveness in the Construction Industry

16th June               Understanding Site Investigations

29th September   Geothermal Energy

24th November    Applying modern surveying and GPS techniques in Civil Engineering and Construction Projects

Benefits of CPD:

  • Keeping skills up to date
  • Linking learning to practice
  • Ensure credentials remain current

Seminar 2: Understanding Site Investigations

The Problem

  • Have you ever looked into an excavation and pondered whether it’s good enough to support your foundation or are the sides stable?
  • Have you ever picked up excavated soil and wondered “what is it”? Is it soft or loose or firm or stiff or dense? And what does soft or loose or firm or stiff or dense mean to foundations?
  • Have you ever come across the term CBR but not realised there are different types of CBR values for different construction uses?

The Presenter

Brian O’Byrne is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at SETU Carlow, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and Registered Ground Engineering Professional (RoGEP – Adviser Level), ICE.  He has more than 30 years experience working with Civil Contractors, Geotechnical Contractors and Engineering Consultants.


Recent Events

Offshore Wind for Professionals

Offshore Wind for Professionals

Two-Day Specialised Training Course

The Faculty of Engineering at SETU and the Engineering the South East Cluster are partnering with Dutch offshore energy training provider DOB-Academy to deliver a bespoke training programme on April 5th and 6th in the SETU Waterford Campus for those active/interested in the Offshore wind sector in Ireland.

DOB-Academy specialise in Offshore Energy for professionals and have successfully delivered programmes for many of the sectors largest international players.

From Government stakeholder to SME, whatever your level of involvement in Offshore wind is, this programme has elements that will be relevant to you. For further information click here

This programme is part funded by the Green Tech Skillnet.

To express an interest please click here or contact Stephen Rooney (



Toys 4 Engineers

Toys4Engineers 2022

The countdown is on to this years Toys4Engineers Conference taking place on 6th October 2022 at SETU Arena, Waterford.

This is a must attend event for anyone in Engineering, Tech, Pharma and Renewable energy industries.  Engineering the South East has partnered with Waterford Chamber this year in order to get more of the regions cluster companies taking part in the event.

Engineering / Manufacturing Breakfast Briefings

Engineering the South East recently held breakfast briefings in Carlow, Waterford and Wexford organised in conjunction with South East Regional Skills Forum & South East Technological University.

These events were designed to brief those in the engineering and manufacturing industries on new and upcoming upskilling opportunities available to their staff. Representatives from SETU, Skillnets and the local Education & Training Board were in attendance to discuss training needs and offerings.


If you missed our breakfast briefings and would like some advice on training opportunities get in touch with us today.

Recent Events

 Attracting Interns and Graduates for Engineering

Recruitment and retention is a huge problem for our Cluster members so we recently ran an event for our regional SME`S
who we interested in learning what measures they can put in place to strengthen their position
as attractive employers for young graduates

Benefits of the initiative:

  • Clarification of what Internships or placements should involve from the employers perspective
  • Creating awareness of recruitment timelines that work for both student and employer
  • What Recruitment Programmes are and why they work
  • Best practice for recruitment & retention of graduates (activity that employers need to be doing)
  • Clarification to industry exactly what skills a graduate will have (ie what they will know, both when qualified and at the different stages of their degree)


Impacts of the initiative:

Companies are taking more initiative in their long-term recruitment strategy. Companies realise the value of getting students working in their business before they actually graduate. To avail of this the IoT’s offer a function to advertise Part-Time work for engineering students so that companies can start creating relationships with potential talent early.

We are working on an initiative to get Cluster members utilising the “Final Year Project” as a tool to increase engagement with students and bring more relevance to their project.

ESE is working with some of the Cluster member companies on a series of lunch box talks where some of their staff will present to the engineering students themselves.


Companies involved:
  • Delmec
  • PB Machine Tech
  • Pneumatics & Sensors Ireland
  • Bolster Group
  • BRG Geological
  • Carlow Toolmaking
  • Seerys Foods
  • Murphy Precast
  • Clancy Construction
  • Airconmech
  • Oglesby and Butler
  • CDS Metalwork / Duggan Lynch
  • Horan Automation

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