Published on March 17th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Engineers Week Takes Off in Shannon

Engineers Week took place from 2nd – 8th March 2019, and encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers. The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice. STEPS is the only national full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach programme with a focus on engineering.

Engineers Week took off this week at Atlantic Air Adventures and Shannon Aviation Museum in Shannon on 7th and 8th March. For the 7th year running Lufthansa Technik Shannon, formerly Shannon Aerospace sponsored the two-day event at Irelands only Aviation Education Centre. The sponsorship allowed the 6th class from every primary School in Shannon to attend a day of Aviation Engineering Discovery.  The Royal Aeronautical Society from London were special guests and supported the event with Cool Aeronautics goody bags for the students. Volunteers from across the Aviation industry in Shannon participated in the event. As well as sponsors Lufthansa Technik Shannon,  engineers from CAE Parc Aviation, Compass Airworthiness Management, Engine Lease Finance Corporation, Atlantic Aviation Group, Ryanair and UL Aeronautical Engineering past and present students.

This year 260 students from St Conaire’s NS, St Aidan’s NS, St Tolas NS, St Senans NS, St Johns NS, Clonmoney NS,  Stonehall NS and 5th year students at St Patrick’s Comprehensive visited over two days.

In the B737 Flight Simulator

Students had a number of stations to visit over 4 hours. They met Aircraft Maintenance Technicians from Lufthansa Technik Training School, having a chance to talk to trainees and learn more about the some of the engineering that make flight possible.  They discovered how a jet engine works, and saw up close a CFM56 jet engine on display.  They learned about how aircraft are maintained, what’s involved in the job and how to become an aircraft maintenance technician, with talks from Dave Ward and Steve Briggs from Lufthansa Technik Shannon Aviation Training School, and toured the aviation museum to see examples of high-tech aircraft engineering at Shannon Aviation Museum which spans over 80 years of aircraft engineering development. The day would not be complete without a fun virtual flying lesson in the B737 NG Flight simulator.

Patrick Shine CEO Lufthansa Technik Shannon said, ‘’We are always glad to support this event in Shannon. Hopefully, we will recruit some of the young attendees for our Traineeship in the not too distant future!’’

Welcome from James Bynes and Sponsors Lufthansa Technik Shannon

Anita Glynn (Assistant Principal) St. Conaire’s Primary School said ‘’This was a wonderful experience for 6th class who had the opportunity to participate in highly interactive science and engineering activities They were introduced to the world of engineering in a fun and exciting way sparking enthusiasm and awareness about engineering especially aviation. All students had the opportunity to meet Aircraft Maintenance Technicians from Lufthansa Technik. They explored the science of flight and got a guided tour of Shannon Aviation Museum. The biggest thrill of the day was the simulated flying lesson that each student got from a pilot. It truly was an action-packed, fun filled, educational day enjoyed by all.  A big thank you to Lufthansa Technik and Atlantic Air Adventures’’

Jane Magill, MD at Atlantic Air Adventures said “We are delighted that Engineers Week 2019 was a flying success and would like to thank Pat Shine and Lufthansa Technik Shannon for continuing to support this important event annually. We are proud that every 6th class student in Shannon has visited the facility for this event sometime over the last 7 years. We are now seeing some of our young Aviation Camp students training as Aircraft Maintenance Technicians with Lufthansa Technik Shannon Aviation Training Academy”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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