About Us

A trusted provider of technical training with an extensive track record

Ireland’s leading provider of training for engineers, maintenance technicians, and contractors who want to develop their technical skills and qualifications. For nearly 30 years, we have delivered a range of technical courses, including QQI-certified courses and/or level 6 courses, in emergency lighting and industrial electrical systems, programmable logic controllers, and industrial pneumatics.

Since 1992, we have helped professionals to develop and maintain their skills in the fields of industrial maintenance and automation, systematic and electrical troubleshooting, and emergency lighting and fire alarms. Our accredited technical training courses have become industry standards in many areas and are trusted commercially and by regulatory authorities.

We have been a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) quality approved provider since 2007. Our QQI awards allow learners to demonstrate their competence in accordance with legislation, building regulations, and European standards. This ability to meet quality and legal requirements is a benefit to contractors as well as professionals looking to advance in their careers.

In 2008, the National Standards Association of Ireland (NSAI) commissioned us to develop courses and new awards for the emergency lighting sector. In conjunction with the NSAI, we developed the currently published industry-standard award in this sector. This gave us a vital insight into how competency is determined and translated into learning outcomes and how these are defined and assessed.

A passion for transformational learning

We are committed to designing and delivering engaging learning solutions. Our close relationship with many of Ireland’s leading multinationals means we are very well placed to assess technical training needs in the industrial environment. We understand the needs of learners and businesses and ensure that your investment in training pays off with measurable outcomes. We ask:

  • What do our learners really need to know to do this job?
  • What do our learners already do well?
  • Where are the performance gaps?
  • What are the benefits to our clients?

We have worked hard to develop a world-class training offer – both our classroom and virtual experience are highly rated by our learners – and we are unique in building bespoke mobile training rigs to give learners real-world practical troubleshooting experience.

Our core values


  • All our trainers are highly qualified in their fields and outstanding communicators. They bring deep industry insight to their teaching for a highly engaging learner experience.
  • We focus on knowledge transfer while also helping learners to become problem-solvers. Our aim is to teach you skills, but also how to apply them in real-world situations.


  • We work hard to continually improve our offer, ensuring our courses reflect any changes in the standards and best practice of our industry.
  • We believe it’s our responsibility to be proactive and responsive, which is why we are engaged in industry-shaping actions and conversations.


  • We treat everyone we deal with fairly and ethically. We are trusted by the industry and proud to have many new clients come to us through referrals.
  • We prioritise long-term partnerships over short-term gain and see our relationships with our clients as opportunities to create win-win situations.


  • Relationships matter to us, which is why we have partnered with some of our corporate clients for as long as 20 years.
  • We go the extra mile, because we want to be the company you keep coming back to throughout your career. We care about your outcomes.

Derek Waters

Founder & Head of Training

Show Profile

Derek is the founder of Technotraining, a technical training company helping professionals to develop and maintain their skills in the fields of industrial automation, systematic and electrical troubleshooting, and emergency lighting and fire alarms.

Derek has a passion and energy for creating transformational learning experiences and has developed end-to-end technical learning solutions for many top multinationals worldwide. More than 500 multinationals, SMEs, and government agencies, including companies like Boston Scientific, Intel, HP, Johnson & Johnson and  The Central Bank of Ireland have engaged Technotraining to develop technical training solutions which have a direct result on job performance and compliance requirements.

Derek combines a deep understanding of technology and science with excellent communication skills. He is particularly interested in troubleshooting and has delivered troubleshooting workshops and training sessions worldwide. He is on the NSAI Technical Committee for Emergency Lighting Standards

Derek is a graduate of DIT Bolton Street (Degree Mechanical Engineering First Class Hons) and UCD (Msc Engineering Science). He also has a diploma in Training and Continuing Education from Maynooth University.

Aisling Milton

Business Development Lead

Show Profile

Aisling is a Company Director and Business Development Lead. She combines a strategic, problem-solving approach with excellent client management skills. She works closely with industry clients to help identify their training requirements and to ensure that Technotraining’s development programme is industry led and reflects new and emerging technologies and skills gaps. She is also responsible for the implementation of Technotraining’s Quality assurance programme and the companies’ administrative functions.

Prior to joining Technotraining Aisling has 20 years’ experience in project management and corporate communications.

She has a degree in Communications from Dublin City University.

Robins Mathew headshot

Robins Mathew

Engineering Training Specialist

Show Profile

Robins is an engineering training specialist designing and delivering training programmes on Industrial Electrical Systems, PLCs, and Sensors. He is also engaged in training development and innovation in Industry 4 technology areas such as robotics and control systems.

Before joining Technotraining Robins worked at University College Dublin completing his post-doctoral research, where he worked to facilitate the integration of mobile collaborative robots under clean-room conditions. He has worked alongside various research organizations and companies to develop cutting-edge technologies in robotics and published several research articles on robotics and human-robot collaboration. He has 10 years of experience in research and teaching at 3rd level.

Robins holds a Doctorate in Mobile Robotics, a Master of Technology in Mechatronics Engineering and a Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Noel Wilson Headshot

Noel Wilson

Engineering Training Specialist

Show Profile

Noel joined Technotraining in 2022 as a Senior Engineering Training Specialist. He is responsible for delivering training across a range of programmes. He enjoys working with learners to help them reach their potential and works closely with industry clients to assess and prioritize training requirements to support business goals.

Before joining Technotraining Noel had a 20 year plus record as a Senior Learning and Development Specialist for the Pharma and Medtech sectors working for companies such as Edwards Vacuum, MSD Carlow, Mylan, EirGen Pharma, Vistakon, Boston Scientific managing site and EMEA training requirements and solutions. He is also a qualified TWI trainer.  He brings a wealth of industry experience to the Technotraining team.

Noel has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Diploma in Training & Development from the IITD (Irish Institute of Training & Development).

Arijana Podoreski

Training Co-ordinator

Show Profile

As training co-ordinator Arijana manages all our training logistics ensuring that all our learning environments, physical and virtual are of the highest quality. She provides excellent customer service for all our clients and learners right throughout the learner journey.

Prior to joining Technotraining Arijana worked for the Royal College of Surgeons and the National Advocacy Service. She holds a degree in Business from Dorset College.

Grace Mooney

Grace Mooney

QQI Administrator

Show Profile

Grace is responsible for the administration of our QQI approved Quality Assurance processes and procedures. She looks after QQI certification and verification ensuring the integrity of our assessment processes. She also manages any additional supports or requirements needed to ensure learners have equal opportunity to engage successfully with our training options.

Grace originally trained as an Electronic Servicing and Telecommunications Technician and worked with Intel for 10 years. She completed a Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2007.

Eoin McClean

Eoin McClean

Associate Trainer

Show Profile

Eoin is a contracted trainer on our electrical programmes. As an electrical engineer and craft trained electrician, he has had an important role in the development of our suite of electrical programmes.  He also contributes to improving the learner experience by developing our moodle resources and courseware.

Eoin is a lecturer in TU Dublin teaching across a number of electrical engineering degree programmes, from level 6 to 9 and he is also involved with the electrical apprenticeship programme. He has over 19 years’ experience working in the electrical industry in high pressure industrial environments, switchboard manufacturing and testing. Worked in industry as a private contractor designing, building, and modifying low voltage switchgear assemblies.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Services and Energy Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching. He is currently undertaking PhD research into “Dynamic Building Envelope Technologies.”

Michael O'Callaghan Headshot

Michael O’Callaghan

Associate Trainer

Show Profile

Michael O’Callaghan has been working with Technotraining since 2016 as a contracted trainer on our Pneumatics, Electro-pneumatics, and Sensors programmes. He is also engaged in training equipment design and development.

A retired member of staff of the School of Engineering in the Dublin Institute of Technology (now the TU Dublin) he has delivered training in programmable controllers, pneumatics, and electro-pneumatics to many firms in Ireland, and developed distance learning materials for programmable controllers for EU funded programmes.

Michael has a first-class Honours Degree in Technology, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Engineering Computation, and is a former member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mark Treacy

Mark Treacy

Associate Trainer

Show Profile

Mark delivers our Fire Alarm Servicing and Commissioning courses. He brings huge expertise to this field as he has worked in the fire detection industry for over 20 years. He is also a member of the NSAI Technical Committee 18 a working group for amendments to I.S:3218. In recent years he has developed a design and commissioning consultancy for fire detection and alarm systems throughout Ireland. Mark is a member of the executive committee of the Fire Engineering Systems Association (FESA), and also a member of Fire Protection Association (UK).

As well as being an auditor of fire detection and alarm systems, Mark is also a qualified Fire Risk Assessor.

Gavin Duffy Headshot

Gavin Duffy

Academic Steering Group & Associate Trainer

Show Profile

Gavin is a member of the Technotraining Academic Steering Group providing pedagogical consultancy and oversight. He is also a contracted trainer delivering some of our Programmable Logic Controllers programmes.

Gavin is an academic staff member in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at TU Dublin where he teaches courses on instrumentation, control, automation, and chemical technology and supervises postgraduate research students.  Prior to that he worked for several years in the design and commissioning of pharmaceutical and micro-electronics process facilities in various engineering roles including instrumentation, automation, control and process engineering

Gavin has a PhD (Spatial cognition), Dublin Institute of Technology, 2017, a Masters in Chemical Engineering UCD and a MSc in Applied e-Learning, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2009