Industry Visit

Each year we endeavour to include a visit to Industry as an optional extra in our TY programme. In the past we have visited LM Ericsson, Vistakon and Zimmer Biomet.

During visits to  LM Ericsson’s Software Development Campus in Athlone students are introduced to the wonderful opportunities that continue to exist in the Technology and Engineering sector. It also supports the uptake of STEM subjects following TY.

During visits to the Vistakon plant in the National Technology park, Plassey, Limerick students learn about the exciting and diverse career opportunities that the engineering profession has to offer. As a long-established multi-national in the mid-west, Vistakon works with local schools on an ongoing basis to foster upcoming talent and inspire the engineers of the future.

Vistakon is the world’s largest contact lenses manufacturer. The Limerick plant uses the most advanced technology in the industry and has 930 full-time staff, with over 90% holding third-level qualifications from predominantly engineering disciplines. The Limerick plant produces daily disposable contact lenses, using highly automated production processes and state-of-the-art technologies such as injection moulding, robotics, vision systems and sterilisation systems.

Students tour the plant, meet with some of the engineering team and learn more about their day-to-day working lives.

They also work on interactive activities under the guidance of a team of Engineers

Zimmer Biomet is a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal health care and has been since their founding more than 80 years ago.

Today, their global team of more than 8,500 employees works to provide effective, creative solutions that support orthopaedic surgeons and clinicians to restore mobility and treat arthritis and traumatic injuries. Their joint replacement technologies and a wide range of related products and services make them valuable partners to health care providers in more than 100 countries.

They are building on a strong history of success to enhance the value they provide to their partners in musculoskeletal health care. Zimmer Biomet maintains world-class scientific facilities and resources and collaborates with leading clinicians and researchers around the world. They share a commitment with health care providers to find the best technologies, treatments and solutions to deliver high quality, cost-effective orthopaedic care.

Our most recent Industry Visits took place prior to Covid.