Engineers Week-Liebherr

For International Engineers Week our Transition Years were invited to Liebherr in Killarney for a tour. We were welcomed warmly by the staff and were brought into the lecture room were we learnt about the different employment roles within the factory. We were first told about the history of the development of Liebherr manufacturing, in Germany, Europe and Ireland. The Company was founded in Germany by Hans Liebherr in 1949. The factory in Killarney was opened in 1958 now employing several hundred workers in the town. It is one of the largest crane companies in the world. It employs over 35,000 people and in 2011 their revenue was €8.3 billion.

We were brought on a tour of the factory and shown all the different stages of building a crane. We also got to see the engineers working in the drawing room. It was extremely interesting and very enjoyable. The tour made us more aware of the variety of employment possibilities in Liebherr, Killarney. We were also made aware of the commitment of the Liebherr family to the development of tourism in the greater Killarney area. The Hotel Europe, the Dunloe Castle and Árd na Sídhe – all part of the Liebherr family – are three of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the country and significant employers in the region. (Brendan Coppinger TY student)

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