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Aidan Maher, Site Manager, Clancy Construction

You put in a lot more hours than you might expect but when you complete a project on time and everyone is happy – and the client is happy – you feel a great sense of satisfaction.

Job title Site Manager
Employer Clancy Construction

My father was involved in the construction industry with heavy machinery when I was younger. I suppose that would have given me an interest at an early age. I also learned a lot from my uncle and did a lot of building work and also worked part-time in a plumbing and heating shop. After school I went to the university of Limerick where I studied Construction Management and Engineering – a four year degree course.

I went to an external careers guidance person when I was doing my CAO and he told me about the course in uL. It was fairly new and I decided to go for it. In secondary school, I didn’t really have construction subjects but I found the course very interesting right from the beginning.

Getting started

As part of the course we went out and did work experience and I went to Clancy’s to do this. Then I finished the course and, straight afterwards in summer 2010, I started with Clancy’s full-time.

Clancy’s have been very, very good and they have really supported me after they took me on following my work experience. As regards my work for them I started at Phoenix House in Dublin – at Trinity College. That was just off Nassau Street. There was a lot of traffic management and other challenges to be met.

What I’ve learned

I started out on a good footing with the people I worked with there and learned a lot from them and really enjoyed it. Now I am a site manager. I have also worked at Waterford Regional Hospital on another very big project. It is a tough job. You put in a lot more hours than you might expect but when you complete a project on time and everyone is happy – including the client – you feel a great sense of satisfaction. This is also a career where you can gain more qualifications as you go forward. There are huge Continuous Professional Development (CPD) options there. And Clancy’s have been extremely supportive. Over the past two years I finished my masters in WIT – again in project management.