A group of Transition and 5th year students from Comeragh College in Carrick-On-Suir visited Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) recently to gain experience of Built Environment programmes.
The group of 18 students were accompanied by their Construction Studies teachers, Brendan Gleeson and Martin Lanigan. According to Brendan, "the students really enjoyed a great day in WIT. It gave them a good insight into Built Environment courses at the institute and they even said that they would have liked to spend more time learning about the different courses."
Learning about the Built Environment was all the more relevant to the students as their new state-of-the-art school is currently under construction by BAM Contractors on a green field site on the outskirts of Carrick-On-Suir. Due for completion early next year, a number of WIT graduates and students are involved in the project, including recent Quantity Surveying g, James Barrett who hails from Carrick-On-Suir and attended Comeragh College.
"To hear that some of our past pupils are getting on so well was really encouraging”, Brendan continued. “One student has since told me that she is very interested in studying Quantity Surveying after hearing about James Barrett."
Brian Graham, Lecturer, WIT said "It was a fantastic opportunity for us to show the students what a typical day in the life for a 3rd level student involves, while also allowing us to emphasise that there are many exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad for Built Environment graduates."
During a busy day of activities, the students learned about Building Information Modelling, Thermal Comfort, Bridge Building and Measurement & Estimating. The day was wrapped up with a visit to WIT’s Plumbing Workshop where the students were given a demonstration of how different heating systems worked.
For more information on all engineering courses at WIT, visit www.wit.ie/engineering.