Liebherr Container Cranes showcased advanced research and development to young students during Engineers Week this week.

The Killarney based company, one of Ireland’s leading engineering firms with a global presence, took part from March 2 to today (Friday).

Engineers Week helps primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers.

In addition to touring the facility, the students got to see an advanced container-handling crane as it was being prepared to undergo extensive research and development into autonomous driving, remote control, and alternative energy sources to supply power to the machine.

Engineers Week represents a fantastic opportunity for students to meet and chat with the engineers responsible for developing this technology, which will be deployed in ports and terminals around the world.

As they toured the factory, they saw highly skilled staff using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to build and assemble cranes, and witness a wide variety of engineering disciplines and trades at work to make a world-class product.

“We look forward to Engineers Week every year, where the engineers of tomorrow get to meet the engineers of today,” Charlie McCarthy, Managing Director – Engineering at Liebherr Container Cranes said.

“Visiting students learned how advanced structural, mechanical, electrical and automation engineering is used to build state-of-the-art container handling equipment for the worldwide market. At Liebherr, we are now ready to embrace the 4th industrial revolution and researching ways to use data to connect our machines and increase machine intelligence. It is an exciting time to work in our business and we have a number of programmes that have been designed to attract the best young talent including our apprenticeships, scholarship programme and graduate programmes,” he said.