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The Office of Public Works is hiring engineers for projects around Ireland

15 Sep 2022

The Government agency plans to fulfil its hiring requirements over the next 12 months as it has several projects in the pipeline.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is recruiting for “a large number” of civil and structural engineering roles in Ireland over the next 12 months.

The Government agency is hiring engineers as part of a larger recruitment drive, which totals up to 250 jobs.

The hiring announcement comes following the OPW’s increased funding under the National Development Plan. It has been allocated close to €2.5bn, including €99m from the EU under its National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The OPW now has a number of essential capital projects in the pipeline for which it requires staff. It will manage a wide range of projects for client departments and State agencies with an estimated value of up to €1.6bn.

These will bring the overall value of projects managed by the OPW to more than €4bn.

Some of the key projects to be completed include an infrastructure project at Rosslare Europort, as well as the new forensic science lab in the Backweston campus in Co Kildare. The OPW will also be involved in other capital investment programmes, such as the Garda Capital Programme and the Flood Risk Management investment programme.

Welcoming the OPW’s recruitment drive, Minister for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan, TD, said: “These roles will offer candidates the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and for others, and to work with one of Ireland’s most diverse and longstanding Government bodies.”

He added that the OPW’s strength as an essential service provider to the Government and the public is “its workforce and the invaluable source of innovative and specialist skills it provides”.

The OPW is due to attend the National Ploughing Championships next week and is inviting the public to gain insight into the range of opportunities available. Events will include Q&A sessions with architects, engineers and heritage site guides, as well as furniture restoration and stonemasonry demonstrations.

More information on roles available at the OPW can be found on its website.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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