Degree subject Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2004)
Job title Site Engineer
Employer Laing O'Rourke
The great advantage of working in construction is that you can travel the world. I'm Australian and came to Ireland upon finishing my degree. My first project was the N7 motorway and currently I am working at Dublin Airport on Pier D. This is a two-storey building and I'm responsible for the civil works outside the building including pipelines, electrical ducting and concrete structures.
I split my time between site and the office, and I love the variety this brings. On site, I give direction to the labour force and 'set out' using surveying instruments. In the office I complete quality assurance work and review drawings. Time in the office also enables me to study things closely and discuss matters with the project engineer and other site engineers as on site things move at a rapid pace.I must use problem-solving and teamworking abilities, think quickly and be accurate throughout my work. I also have to constantly plan ahead to ensure that a job is finished on time so the next stage of construction can begin.
Construction involves long hours – typically 7.00 am to 6.00 pm at the moment – but it's freeing to plan my own workload. It's also good to know you've made a difference to people's lives: for example, I still get a buzz when people say that the N7 is much improved. If you like the outdoors and enjoy taking on a new challenge every day I would highly recommend work in the construction industry.