Sustainable Civil Engineering was an enjoyable and rewarding course

Engineering
Jimmy Byrne BEng Graduate of (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering & BEng in Civil Engineering

Jimmy Byrne BEng Graduate of (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering & BEng in Civil Engineering

Sustainable Civil Engineering was an enjoyable and rewarding course I chose to study at WIT as I knew a lot of people said they thoroughly enjoyed their experience there.

Graduates Name: Jimmy Byrne

Course Studied: BEng in Civil Engineering & BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Year of Graduation: 2016

What did you do before studying at WIT? 
Before I studied at WIT I studied engineering and construction technology in Carlow

What motivated you to take up study?
I was always interested in construction and civil engineering and wanted to pursue a career in a related field and a third level qualification enabled me to achieve this. 

Why did you choose your course/ to study at WIT/ study in Waterford?
A career in the built environment always appealed to me and a degree in civil engineering was a great way to work in this sector. I chose to study at WIT as I knew a lot of people who had studied at WIT and all of whom said they thoroughly enjoy their experience at WIT and it was relatively close to Kilkenny. 

What advice would you give to students considering your course?
For students who are considering studying civil engineering at WIT I would say that it is a tough course and you will only get out what you put in. The course was very enjoyable and rewarding, with great team of lectures who have academic and field experience and create an engaging and interesting learning environment, relating theory to practical scenarios. When I studied at WIT the class size was small and this gave all the student a great opportunity to participate in class and gain a valuable education.

What was the highlight of the course you studied?
As part of my studies at WIT we were required to undertake a six month industrial placement. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with one of the leading building contractors in Ireland and the UK, John Sisk & Sons. I was based on the construction of a large residential development in Wembley, London, overlooking the iconic Wembley stadium. I was fortunate to be placed with such an experienced team of engineers and managers on site, who I have gained invaluable knowledge and experience from. 

What's your advice to someone considering studying at third level?
Third level education will open up a world of possibilities for you and your career.


Since Graduating 

When and where was your first job after graduating?
I finished my final year exams on a Friday and started work the following Monday on a large mixed use development on the Dublin Dock Lands with John Sisk & Sons as a site engineer. The developments include Ireland’s largest residential building.

Where are you currently working? What position do you currently hold?
I am currently working as an engineering BIM technician with Asgard clean room solutions in Kilkenny.

What do you hope to achieve in the future?
In the near future I would like to further my education in engineering with the aim of becoming a chartered engineer.

How has your studies at WIT helped you to get where you are today?
Without the qualification I gained from WIT I would not be working in the position I am currently in, it has also given me great opportunities for future career prospects.

Did your work placement / internship or contact with the Careers Centre help get you to where you are now?
My work placement was a great spring board to get a head start prior to qualifying and to gain great experience and create a good network within the industry which lead to my getting a job after I graduated.The careers centre in WIT was a great help to me during my studies from CV’s to mock interviews and advice. It was with the help of Angela Collins in the careers centre that secured me a position in the UK for my industrial placement. Even now after I have graduated from WIT the careers centre are still contact graduates with job opportunities. 

What advice would you give to those unsure of college or of what course to pick?
To anyone who is considering third level education, pick something you are interested in and it will make all the difference.

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