Aidan knew he wanted to study engineering and says the fact that a soon-to-be university was on his doorstep swung his decision in favour of studying locally
Aidan is a current Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Sustainable Civil Engineering student. He started his undergraduate studies in 2019 on WIT’s common entry Engineering course. He is a past pupil of Árdscoil Na Mara, Tramore, Co Waterford.
I wanted to study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Sustainable Civil Engineering at WIT because:
From attending multiple WIT open days, asking countless questions, and gathering as much information as I could, I decided WIT was the right college for me to study Sustainable Civil Engineering when applying through CAO. Three main factors influenced my decision: the common entry engineering course, the fact that WIT is a top-rated college, and the small class sizes.
I knew I wanted to do engineering after secondary school, however, which branch I was going to pursue was a difficult and important choice. The common entry route at WIT gave me a great taste of the multiple streams offered. Since I have always been fascinated by construction and the process of small pieces coming together to create a completed project, I decided the Sustainable Civil Engineering course was for me.
When deciding where I wanted to do engineering, I was not certain if staying in Waterford was right for me. However, the fact that a soon-to-be university was on my doorstep swung my decision in favour of studying at WIT. Living only out the road in Tramore made studying here much easier too as I am very familiar with the area.
Small class sizes were another factor that I did not initially consider when choosing WIT, yet it is one of the many advantages I noticed going to WIT. There is always good interaction with lecturers and many student supports are available if I ever need them. In modules, lecturers know everyone by name and I never feel that I can't ask for help if I don't understand something.
Considering these factors, I knew WIT was the right choice for me.
Some of the highlights of my college experience at WIT include:
The site visit to the New Ross Bypass while in its finishing stages and speaking with one of the Project Managers was a definite highlight so far. It was very interesting to listen to the many challenges that were encountered and solved in innovative ways during the project.
The most interesting innovations for me were the construction of a manmade island in the middle of the Barrow to allow construction of some of the piers and the extensive use of falseworks throughout the project.
Why I would recommend studying in Waterford/WIT:
Waterford is a great place to study. The main campus is only a short bus ride away from the city centre so there's always something to do. From shops and restaurants to historic sites to see and learn about, there is never a shortage of entertainment!
My advice for anyone considering engineering:
If you know that engineering is the course for you but are unsure of which area would suit you best, then the Common Entry course is for you! If you are like me and are interested in the construction industry, then I would highly recommend the Sustainable Civil Engineering course.