Two firms in Dublin and Limerick have confirmed plans to create more than 500 jobs between them in the engineering and car rental fields.
In Dublin, rental firm CarTrawler said it will fill 400 new roles over the next three years at its head-quarters in Dundrum.
It said the first phase, filling 200 positions, has already begun across a range of functions, including business development, customer operations, data science, finance, and engineering. It wants to have those positions filled by early 2015.
CarTrawler, which was established in 2004, said it will also be opening an “international customer centre of excellence” in Dundrum.
CEO Mike McGearty said: “We are very pleased to be able to create these new roles in our country of origin which will help to showcase our homegrown Irish business on the international stage.”
CarTrawler provides aviation, travel, hospitality, leisure and consumer brands with a connection to more than 1,200 car rental agents in more than 30,000 airport and city locations across 174 countries. It also owns online car rental brands, Holiday Autos and Argus Car Hire.
Meanwhile, in Limerick, Optel Vision, a Canadian company specialising in Track&Trace and vision inspection solutions for the manufacturing industries, is to create 140 jobs as part of a European expansion. It is establishing a European Middle East and Africa manufacturing and operations centre at the former ON Semiconductor facility at Raheen Business Park.
The roles will be created over three years in design, engineering, assembly, testing, customer support, sales, HR, finance, and administration activities.
The firm said it initially requires project engineers and technicians with a mechatronics background to deliver its Track and Trace solutions. Recruitment is to begin immediately.
Established in Quebec in 1989, Optel Vision develops and installs packaging line vision inspection and control systems for the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and chemical industries.
The company’s CEO, Louis Roy, said: “Design and Integration of our solutions required a lot of highly skilled persons.
“Ireland is offering us this unique opportunity in finding motivated and trained resources ready to support our European customers.
“With the urgency to ensure public safety against counterfeited products, our Ireland operation will position us to be the leading supplier in Europe delivering best quality solutions.”
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 students yesterday attended Cork Institute of Technology’s career and employability fair which had stands from 65 companies.
The organisers said a number of employers were attending the event for the first time, including Apple. There was also increased turnout from firms operating in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors.
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