With many years of experience as spring manufacturers in the engineering industry, we’ve learnt the best way many engineering processes are fulfilled.

Young engineers and those that are new to the job can find the industry very intimidating. The speed at which everything moves in this sector and the variety of processes you need to know can make it easy to feel overwhelmed.

We want to share the knowledge we’ve gained with our experience in the engineering industry for the benefit of any new engineers. So here are five pieces of essential advice that will help you get started!

Young female engineer studying machinery

Be Prepared to Work in a Group as Well as Alone

Too many young people believe they can keep their heads down and work solo when starting out in the engineering industry. As an engineer there will be times when you will have to work alone, though more often than not, you’ll be part of a team and need to work as one. Teamwork requires effective communication to complete your projects efficiently. Additionally, by working closely with others, you will gain access to a wider variety of skills and advice to create a higher quality product.

Working with other engineers is also a great chance to find out more about different roles in either manufacturing or engineering personally.

It Never Hurts To Ask Questions

Engineering is all about precision, and you cant be precise without knowing what you’re doing.

If you are not sure what you are doing at any point, make sure you ask a member of staff for help. An experienced team member will be able to explain or demonstrate how to complete the task at hand. The project you are working on will most likely be delayed if you don’t carry out the work correctly, and then you’ll be back where you started.

It’s much better to ask for clarification than to assume you’re right, proceed incorrectly and repeat the work later. Remember, there are no stupid questions; it never hurts to ask.

Find a Role Model

male engineering apprentice learning from colleague

When you start your career in engineering, you may find yourself shadowing a more experienced staff member for advice daily. Unfortunately, with all the questions you need answering, it might feel like you’re annoying this person with questions, but that’s not true.

Experienced engineers will have seen many young engineers join the industry over the years, and they will remember what it was like for themselves when they started.

Learning never stops in engineering. So don’t be afraid to ask your questions, and embrace the chance to listen to their advice. The more you listen, the more you ask about everything, the more you will learn and grow.

Explore Your Passions

Many engineers will choose their speciality based on their interests. But as you gain experience in the sector, your interests may change. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the other sectors within the engineering industry, not so that you can be sure of your place in it but also to explore your options as an engineer.

Here are a few examples of the different engineering disciplines:

Mechanical engineering covers almost everything essential to our daily lives. Mechanical engineers will work on any power-producing machine. Fridges, air conditioning units, elevators and escalators are examples of their work.

Biomedical engineering is a constantly growing part of the industry. With every medical advance, a new technology needs to be created to assist it. There is a constant demand for medical technology to help treat more and more patients in this field.

Electrical engineering will handle the critical components of infrastructure and communication—devices such as laptops smartphones to larger industrial electronics.

There are many fields to explore within engineering, with constant growth as demand rises. The future of technology also opens more possibilities for aspiring engineers. For example, the improvements to robotics have led to an increased demand for engineers alone. Additionally, the increased demand for eco-friendly manufacturing has created environmental engineers. People who wish to work on green energy systems, solar panels or wind farms would be ideal in this field.

Find Additional Training

engineering supervisor teaching apprentices

The engineering industry is a rewarding sector to be a part of. Each generation of engineers helps improve the industry, bringing innovation and taking the industry to new heights! If you’re considering a career in engineering or manufacturing but are unsure where to start, try an apprenticeship.

At European Springs, we proudly accept new apprentices as spring technicians every year. We believe heavily in investing in this industries future. By embracing apprenticeships, we help grow the industry and introduce new knowledge and skillsets.

Apprenticeships are a great way to get started in the engineering industry. As a paid job with training on and off the job, it truly is the best way to be introduced to the sector. Please read our other blog discussing the importance of apprenticeships for engineering for more detail.

European Springs Ireland is here to be the best spring supplier you’ll ever need. To find out how we could help your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here today or on 048 9083 8605.

Broken or failed equipment, tools, or components can significantly affect your production line and efficiency, especially if the same issue keeps occurring. For example, if you’re constantly finding that your springs are breaking or not lasting as long as you would imagine, you may be reducing their lifecycle with your work practices without realising.

 

A spring being manufactured

 

Thus, we’re taking a look into how you can maximise the lifecycle of a spring. We’ll be looking into some important factors to consider that could affect (and reduce) a spring’s lifetime, as well as the critical steps to take to ensure you’re maximising its lifecycle and getting the most out of it.

Finally, we will explore how choosing a reliable spring supplier such as European Springs is a great way to guarantee you’re getting quality springs.

 

Why is Maximising the Lifecycle of a Spring Important?

Ensuring that your springs, pressings, and metal components are carefully looked after is the first step in maximising their lifecycle – but why is this important? You may not believe that something as small as a single compression spring could affect productivity in your workplace, but this is true. For example, suppose a machine you’re using to manufacture products contains springs. In that case, just one breaking or failing could result in a broken and unusable machine, meaning production comes to a halt.

Additionally, if you are manufacturing products that contain springs, you need to ensure that these components have been treated correctly, so that you’re giving your customers a quality product. If your customers come back with complaints about broken parts, it could put your business and reputation in danger.

 

Different types of spring

 

What Are Some Factors That Affect a Spring’s Lifetime?

Several factors can affect a spring’s lifetime and reduce the quality of the spring. Let’s take a look at what some of these are:

Stress. If a spring is under a lot of pressure, it is less likely to compress as far as you need it; thus, it is more likely to break or become unusable.

Environment. If your spring has not been treated correctly for its environment, it is less likely to be functional or work to its full potential. For example, consider its temperature, magnetic field, and humidity.

Friction. If a spring is touching the sides of the hole or shaft it is placed in, then the friction between its diameter and these walls could cause permanent damage to both components.

 

How Can I Maximise the Lifecycle of a Spring?

As reliable and reputable spring manufacturers, we know what we’re talking about when it comes to producing and maintaining quality, so let’s get into what you need to consider to maximise the lifecycle of a spring.

 

Lowering Stress

Lowering the stress of a spring is one of the best things you can do to ensure you’re not overloading it and applying too much pressure. This can be done by choosing a spring with a larger wire diameter or even a lower final load which allows more room for the spring and reduces high stress. Additionally, consider reducing internal pressures on the spring by ensuring it is supported correctly.

 

A spring in a loading machine

 

Minimising Shock Loading

Shock loading is when the weight of a load on the spring is increased or sped up suddenly, for example, when a load is dropped from a height. This can result in diminished performance and even irreversible damage to the spring – meaning the repairs and replacement could be very costly. And whilst a couple of instances of shock loading isn’t detrimental to the spring’s lifecycle, the more times it happens, the more likely it is that the irreversible damage is done.

To minimise shock loading, friction devices such as an internal damper coil or a vibration dampening device can be used. These devices absorb some shock and take the pressure off the spring.

 

Keeping Temperatures Low

If a spring has not been treated correctly and is exposed to heat or extreme humidity, it could be detrimental to its performance and quality. Keeping springs cool reduces the chances of spring relaxation, which occurs in high temperatures, ultimately increasing the lifecycle of the spring.

 

Shot Peening

Shot peening essentially creates beneficial compressive residual stress, which increases the strength of a spring. It also prevents corrosion, cracks due to wear and tear, hydrogen embrittlement, and enhances fatigue stress. The shot peening method has been proven to increase the lifecycle of springs by five to ten times.

 

Choose European Springs as Your Spring Supplier

As mentioned, one of the best ways to maximise the lifecycle of a spring is to purchase your bespoke springs from reputable spring manufacturers you can trust to provide quality. We have a plethora of knowledge due to our many years of working in the industry, so we are more than equipped to provide the high quality, reliable springs you’re looking for.

We hope that this blog has been helpful and you now have a better understanding of how you can maximise the lifecycle of a spring. For more information on our products, including our compression springs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

Robots using artificial intelligence in manufacturing

 

Technology is constantly evolving, particularly in the manufacturing industry. Industry professionals and tech experts regularly find new and innovative manufacturing ways, which changes and updates how the industry works. For example, one of the latest technologies to be incorporated into manufacturing is artificial intelligence. This fascinating technology comes with a long list of advantages, but some people believe it could take over, putting many workers out of a job because of its capabilities.

That is why, in today’s blog, we’re looking into the use of artificial intelligence in the manufacturing industry. We will explain what artificial intelligence is and the various types and the different services for artificial intelligence in the manufacturing industry. We will also look at the advantages of its use and the drawbacks in an attempt to see how this incredible technology could one day take over the manufacturing and engineering industries.

 

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Firstly, we need to look into what artificial intelligence is. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is an area of computer science concerned with smart computers and machines capable of completing tasks that a human typically completes. There are various types of artificial intelligence. We use some in our day-to-day lives, for example, our voice-activated virtual assistants inside our smartphones like Siri or Alexa, and smart intelligence within Netflix recommendations.

Other, more advanced artificial intelligence is used to help build machinery and perform instant calculations, for example, those used within the manufacturing industry. Let’s take a look at what these are.

 

Examples of Artificial Intelligence in the Manufacturing Industry Today

AI can be seen in many manufacturing stages and is often used in areas that require checks and calculations to ensure no human errors are made. Here are some examples of where you might find artificial intelligence:

During quality checks. Minor flaws in products and machinery might be difficult for humans to pick up, so AI is often used to quality check and eliminate human error.

 

Artificial intelligence in robotics

 

Supply chain management. For example, in warehouses, AI is used to monitor the process of manufacturing, from production all the way through to delivery. From here, it can be organised and analysed to ensure the warehouse runs smoothly.

Forecast product demand. Using smart technology similar to the AI that Netflix uses to predict what you might want to watch accurately, manufacturers can use artificial intelligence to analyse trends in product demand and forecast future demand.

Robotics in manufacturing. AI is used in robotics within manufacturing to do repetitive, tedious jobs. With the support of human workers, these AI robots can perform efficiently and without error, speeding up the manufacturing process.

These are just a few examples. In fact, artificial intelligence can be used at almost every stage of the manufacturing process – but what are the advantages to using this technology?

 

The Advantages of Using Artificial Intelligence in the Manufacturing Industry

There are many advantages to using artificial intelligence in the manufacturing industry. For example, you can have a 24/7 production line by implementing robotics with AI capabilities. Humans cannot be expected to work without breaks, but robots can continue working quickly and efficiently without stopping.

Another advantage of this technology is that they eliminate human error. They can complete calculations and perform tasks seamlessly, quickly, and at a speed that the human brain cannot match. It’s because of this that they are used for quality checks. For example, as spring manufacturers, we could use this technology to quality check our compression springs and ensure they are suitable to be distributed.

Finally, they have a low operational cost. While artificial intelligence may be expensive to implement into your business, it has the potential to complete tasks quicker and to a higher standard than humans and doesn’t have to be paid a wage as people do. Of course, there are maintenance expenses, but the work they can produce often equates to much more than this expense.

 

The Drawbacks of Using Artificial Intelligence in the Manufacturing Industry

Of course, there are also some drawbacks to using artificial intelligence in the manufacturing industry. Some people don’t agree with the concept of AI as they believe it is taking away potential jobs for humans. In some cases, this is true, and robotics have replaced many people’s jobs. However, it has also opened up a completely different area of manufacturing and provided engineers and computer scientists with more career options, working to develop and maintain this technology.

 

Woman studying artificial intelligence in manufacturing

 

Another potential drawback of artificial intelligence in the manufacturing industry is that it constantly evolves and can be difficult (and expensive) to keep up with. Suppose you implement AI into your factory, for example. In that case, you may find that in a few months, your technology is outdated and a new version with more advanced capabilities is available. This goes hand in hand with the fact that you will need an expert to help with this technology. As it’s an ever-changing industry, it can be challenging to find an AI expert, which is why many businesses avoid implementing the technology in the first place.

 

Will Artificial Intelligence Eventually Take Over?

This is difficult to say, as although AI has fantastic capabilities and can out-perform humans on many levels, it cannot do everything or be creative. Whilst it can suggest a movie it has decided you might like, this isn’t because it knows you, cares about you, or thinks you will enjoy it. This “decision” is based on what you have watched previously and your ratings for those movies or TV shows.

This is the same with manufacturing. AI can help produce items, yet it cannot suggest new items. But, again, this is something that only humans can do, and this creative side to people is needed in manufacturing just as much as the data checks and rapid production.

Whether this will happen in the future is unclear, but nothing is truly impossible with the rapid evolution of technology.

 

How Can We Prepare for the Future?

If you’re involved in manufacturing, it’s a great idea to stay one step ahead and keep updated with industry news. You can do this by reading our blog, which we frequently update with articles.

As spring suppliers, we’re fascinated by artificial intelligence and its potential for the manufacturing industry. We’re always interested in expanding our technologies and implementing new ways to provide our customers with the best springs and pressings available on the market.

If you’re interested in our springs, pressings, or metal components, please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

machine manufacturing springs

If you’re just getting started in the spring manufacturing industry, you may be a little overwhelmed at the number of terms and various jargon you come across. Although the day you finally understand what each piece of terminology means might seem far away, we’re here to help.

European Springs, Ireland, are market leaders and have almost 74 years of experience in the industry. We love sharing our knowledge and passing down our expertise to the younger generations, helping them to advance within the manufacturing and engineering sector. This is why we offer apprenticeship schemes and actively encourage those interested in the industry to start a career. To find out more about the work we do and get involved yourself, please get in touch with our team – we’re always more than happy to assist.

Furthermore, in today’s blog, we’re providing a starting point for those beginning their careers in spring manufacturing by offering a list of common jargon used in the industry. Additionally, if you’ve worked in spring manufacturing for many years, don’t go anywhere. You may just pick up some new and valuable information.

Our Glossary of Spring Manufacturing Terminology

Without further ado, here is a list of spring manufacturing jargon.

A

Active Coils – These are the coils inside the spring that are free to move after loading the spring.

Angular Relationship of Ends – The position of the hooks of tension springs, for example, next to each other.

B

Baking – Releasing hydrogen embrittlement through heating.

Buckling – The bowing or deflecting of compression springs during loading.

C

Closed Ends – The ends of a compression spring where the pitch of the end of the coil is reduced.

Closed and Ground Ends – The ends of a compression spring where the coils’ pitch is ground square and flat.

Close-wound – Coils with adjacent coils touching each other.

industrial workers in hard hats

D

Dead Coils – Coils of a spring that don’t affect the spring rate.

Deflection – This is what happens when a spring responds to force being applied or released.

E

Elastic Limit – The limitation of a spring’s stress before it is permanently set.

Endurance Limit – The limit of a spring’s lifetime.

Extension Spring – This is another term used for a tension spring.

F

Fatigue – The type of defeat which takes place after repeated or fluctuating stresses below the limit of the spring.

Fatigue Strength – Another term for Endurance Limit, referring to the limit of a spring’s lifetime.

Free Angle – The angle between the arms of an unloaded torsion spring. Additionally, this could also refer to the position of the torsion spring’s legs.

Free Length – The length of a spring in an unloaded position.

Frequency – This refers to the rate of vibration coming off a spring whilst both ends are grasped or attached.

H

Heat Setting – Reducing the load loss at the operating temperature by putting a spring under an elevated temperature.

Helix – Meaning round or circular.

Hooke’s Law – A Law of Physics by Robert Hooke – the load is proportional to the deflection.

Hooks – The ends of an extension spring after being bent out to form hooks.

Hot Pressing – Another term for Heat Setting.

Hourglass Spring – This is a spring with coil diameters that are larger at the end.

Hydrogen Embrittlement – This happens when hydrogen is absorbed in electroplating, making them perceptible to cracks and failing under constant loads.

Hysteresis – When the mechanical energy is lost due to cyclic loading.

I

Initial Tension – The force gathered between the coils of an extension spring, making them stay together.

L

Load – The weight or force being applied to a spring.

Loops – Another term for hooks and sometimes referred to as eyes.

spring manufacturing machine

M

Mean Coil Diameter – This is the outside spring diameter (O.D.) minus one wire diameter (d).

Modulus in Shear or Torsion – Referring to the coefficient of stiffness used for compression and extension springs, also known as Modulus of Rigidity.

Modulus in Tension of Bending – Coefficient of stiffness for torsion and flat springs. Also known as Young’s Modulus and Modulus of Elasticity.

O

Open Ends – The final coils in the compression spring.

Open Ends, Ground – When the wire’s end is ground, it lets it stand.

P

Parallelism – The level to which two ground ends of a spring run parallel.

Passivating – Treating stainless steel with acid to remove contaminants and improve corrosion resistance.

Permanent Set – When a spring is deflected past its elastic limit and maximum safe load, Permanent Setting occurs. The spring loses its force and memory and will not return to its original length.

Pitch – The space between two coils in open wound springs such as compression springs.

Plain Ends – End coils of a tension spring that have no loops or other end forms.

Poisson’s Ratio – The ratio of the strain in the longitudinal direction to the strain in the transverse direction.

R

Rate – This is the change in load proportional to the change in deflection. It is usually given in lb/in or N/mm.

Remove Set – This refers to the process of closing to solid height, which was coiled longer than the original desired finished length. This increases the apparent elastic limit.

Residual Stress – The deflection of a spring available past the top working position up to the solid position.

S

Shot Peening – This refers to the process of a spring that has been cold-worked and where the surface of the material is peened to cause compressive stress. This is often done to improve fatigue life.

Slenderness Ratio – Ratio of spring length (L) to the mean coil diameter (D).

Solid Height – This is the height of a compression spring once it’s been fully compressed and all of its coils are touching.

Spring Index – Ratio of mean coil diameter (D) to the wire diameter (d).

Stress Range – The difference between operating stresses at minimum and maximum loads.

Stress Relieved – This is the process of subjecting springs to low-temperature heat treatment to relieve residual stress.

assorted springs

T

Torque – This is the product of the distance from the spring axis to the loading point and the force component to the distance line – often portrayed in N/mm. This is also sometimes known as Moment.

Total Number of Coils – The amount of active and inactive coils in a spring.

W

Wahl Factor – This corrects stress in helical spring’s effects of curvature and direct shear.

Are You Interesting in Learning More?

Although this is not an exhaustive list, we hope it has been helpful, and you now have a better understanding of some of the spring manufacturing jargon you will encounter during your work in the industry.

As leading spring suppliers and spring manufacturers in Ireland, we’re here if you need further assistance understanding any of the terminologies in today’s blog Please get in touch to enquire about any of our products or more information about our apprenticeship schemes.

Engineering has come a long way since ancient times, and we’re able to invent and create incredible things that we wouldn’t have been able to comprehend years ago. Initially, engineering was considered to be inventions such as the wheel. Since then, engineering has advanced tremendously, with advances in technology and the digital world to thank. As a result, the engineering industry now use machines and software to develop incredible designs and structures. We welcome new engineering techniques to create bespoke springs and pressings as spring suppliers.

 

Gobeklitepe National Park

 

However, some works of ancient engineering still impress and amaze us today due to the level of advancement at such an early time. We take a look back at some of the world’s most impressive ancient engineering pieces that still stand to this day.

 

Göbekli Tepe

This stone creation is incredible to view, with its massive stone pillars arranged into a set of rings. Foxes, snakes, boars, and other animals are carved into the stone as 2D pictures and 3D models. But what makes this collection of rough stones remarkable is that it’s thought to have been built around 9000 B.C. That’s so early that it predates farming; it also predates Stonehenge by 6000 years. The largest of the stones is 18 feet tall and weigh around 60 tonnes, so the question remains, in a time before farming, how did these ancient people build this fantastic work of architecture?

Researchers have found that the Göbekli Tepe was built using limestone and followed a strict architectural plan. It was cleverly designed so that if a line were to be drawn through the centre points of three of its enclosures, it would form a near-perfect equilateral triangle. In details like this and its pre-historic age, the Göbekli Tepe remains one of the unique archaeological pieces today.

 

The Colosseum in Rome

 

Coliseum Wonders

The coliseums are impressive enough as they are, but what amazes modern-day scientists is the lengths to which the Romans would go for a good show. One such form of entertainment featured the re-enactment of epic naval battles. The Colosseum would be flooded with water and filled with ships which slaves and prisoners of war were forced to board and act out battles. Archaeologists discovered that they used a system of aqueducts that led to the arena.

The most famous Colosseum in Rome was built in 70 A.D. using tufa blocks, a variety of limestone. Arches and Vaults were built into the design to create solidity in the structure, an addition that worked well as the structure still stands today. The Romans also used efficient techniques such as building seats and stairs in a workshop to be installed on-site later. This saved them time in construction and highlighted that efficiency has always been at the forefront of engineering. At European Springs, we also adopt efficient methods to create high-quality springs, such as clock springs.

 

Derinkuyu’s Underground City

In 1963, a man of the Nevşehir Province of Turkey discovered the underground city of Derinkuyu when he knocked down a wall in his home and found an intricate tunnel system. This vast city dates back to somewhere between the 15th century and 12th century B.C. What’s truly incredible about the city is the depth to which it goes. It’s fascinating to think that those who built and excavated it would have been equipped with primitive tools, yet they were able to create a city large enough to house around 20,000 people.

The underground city was built using the debris from previous volcanic eruptions. The layers of built-up ash solidified to create a stable rock which they then used to carve living spaces out of. The city consists of multiple rooms, including a church, storage rooms and wine cellars and is open for tourists to visit in Turkey.

 

The Derinkuyu underground city

 

How Engineering Has Changed Since Ancient Times

Though these magnificent pieces of engineering remain to this day, it is clear to see that modern engineering has come on leaps and bounds. Technology is now commonly used in engineering, allowing us to design using the most innovative technologies and techniques. For example, at European Springs, we use the latest machinery and technology to manufacturer all types of springs and pressings. Without these latest advancements, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the excellent service you see today.

Springs did not appear until around the 15th century, made initially using casts and bronze. Though they still served their purpose, the latest machinery allows us to create a bespoke spring of different sizes tailored to its required job, which would not have been possible in ancient times.

 

Here at European Springs, we’re fascinated by the evolution of engineering and how far we have come in the past few thousand years. We’re suppliers of a whole range of products essential to the engineering world, including gas springs in Ireland. For more information about any of our products or services, please get in touch with us today by calling 048 9083 8605 to speak to a member of our team.

 

It’s disheartening to hear that 56% of female engineers reported that they felt the manufacturing industry in Ireland has not only more opportunities, but superior opportunities for men. Despite the statistics that show women are less likely to enter the field than men, it is unclear why there aren’t equal opportunities for each gender.

 

Female engineer working in the manufacturing industry

 

That is why, in today’s blog, we’re looking into the importance of inspiring women to choose a career in manufacturing. We’ll be exploring the idea of challenging stereotypes that women in this industry deal with daily and focus on why we should be encouraging women to join the manufacturing sector from a young age.

We’re proud to stand with women here at European Springs Ireland and offer an incredible support system for young people getting started in the industry as apprenticeships. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for additional support or advice.

 

What Do the Statistics Say?

It may not be surprising to hear, but only 14% of bachelor’s graduates from engineering and manufacturing related schemes in Ireland are women. Young women taking their GCSEs have been found to steer clear from STEM-related subjects, meaning even at the age of 16, girls are put-off from a career in manufacturing.

But we want to know why this is. Is it a lack of support from the industry? An unmotivating number of opportunities to progress? A long list of damaging stereotypes and old-fashioned ideals?

Although the numbers are low, with women making up just 14.5% of engineering in Ireland, it is slowly on the rise, with a 25.7% increase in women in manufacturing roles from 2016 to 2021. This is hopeful, but there is still much more work to rectify the gender imbalance.

 

Challenging Stereotypes

One of the main reasons women tend to avoid a career in manufacturing is the stereotypes surrounding their gender within the industry. These stereotypes suggest that to take on a manufacturing role, you must fit into a particular category by looking and acting a certain way, and usually, this means being male. Another stereotype is that those who aren’t male are at least masculine-presenting and have typically masculine interests. This damaging stereotype means that feminine presenting women may be put off from a career in manufacturing due to the judgement and lack of support they receive from others.

 

Female teaching manufacturing to young women

 

These stereotypes can have a knock-on effect and mean that women interested in a career within the industry could feel excluded as they have little or no role models or people like themselves to look up to within their workplace.

 

Inspiring Young Women in Schools

To abolish the stereotypes of needing to look or act a certain way to work within the manufacturing industry, we need to start from the beginning. This means inspiring young girls from an early age before learning about outdated beliefs.

It’s vital that this education begins before children take their GCSEs, and they are taught that anyone can find success in manufacturing, no matter their gender. This way, they have time to consider it as a career option before making choices about their potential further education, such as university and apprenticeship schemes.

 

Apprenticeship Schemes for Women

Here at European Springs Ireland, we are proud to offer incredible apprenticeship schemes that follow the Mechanical Manufacturing Apprenticeship framework and award BTEC Level 3 certificates in Engineering Operations and Maintenance. Additionally, we provide an accompanying NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering. We believe that a career in manufacturing is a great choice, and an apprenticeship is a fantastic way of getting your foot in the door and learning trade skills and getting paid at the same time.

We would never discriminate and are happy to take on anyone excited about the role and their career within the industry, regardless of gender. For more information on the fantastic opportunities here at European Springs Ireland, please get in touch with our team. We are more than happy to discuss your options and help you decide which path is right for you.

 

Female engineer working in a manufacturing warehouse

 

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day is detrimental to the industry; it allows women worldwide to speak up about their experiences, good and bad, to inspire others to do the same. It lands on the 23rd of June annually and is a day of celebrating the slowly narrowing gender pay gap and working towards a more inclusive industry. Companies worldwide take part in recognising their influential female workers – inspiring young women to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing.

 

Looking Into the Future

As disheartening as the statistics may be to read, we are working closer to a more inclusive community that supports both men and women in the manufacturing industry. We hope this blog has given those who need it some inspiration and drive to go for the career they wish to have and not feel like they can’t because of their gender.

If you’re interested in pursuing an engineering or manufacturing apprenticeship with us, please do get in touch, and we will provide you with everything you need to know to help get you set up. As leading spring manufacturers in Ireland, we have what you need to inspire and push you in the career that’s right for you.

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