Suir Engineering prides itself on its ability to attract talent and invest in their development. Suir Engineering has an apprenticeship programme dating back to 1984 and each year recruits over 100 Apprentices and Graduates. Suir Engineering aims to attract trades and promote from within to fill its talent needs such as Project Managers, Construction Managers, Project Directors. Bringing people from within offers a unique differentiator – Suir Engineering is proud of its track record of retaining staff and cultivating its talent from Apprenticeship to Director.
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4th Year Electrical Apprentice
I recently completed my 4 years as an Apprentice. Looking back, I started with Suir Engineering as a General Operative and was given the opportunity to become an Apprentice Electrician. I have just completed my 4 years with Solas and look forward to the many opportunities ahead. Suir Engineering have supported me and encouraged my development – to give back I help mentor the newer Apprentices that have recently joined Suir.
My day to day job includes installing new systems in Pharmaceutical plants e.g. Fire Alarms, Distribution Boards, Motors etc. I also do Retrofits i.e. bring systems up to date in older plants. Every day is a new challenge with different tasks and learning experiences with new systems. I also enjoy passing on knowledge to new Apprentices. Suir are always finding new ways of working while keeping quality and safety at the forefront. There is opportunity for growth within the company.
I started my apprenticeship in the year 2000 where my role with Suir Engineering has progressed from Apprentice, Electrician, QA/QC, Chargehand, Foreman to Site Supervisor where I currently manage a site team in MSD Brinny.
My day-to-day role includes managing all aspects of health and safety, meeting with clients daily, planning/scheduling works, sourcing and ordering components & materials, supervising ongoing works / completed works, QA/QC, Commissioning Instrumentation / Electrical Installations and providing documentation for all the above.
Since beginning my career with Suir, I have worked in a wide range of sectors from Pharma, Energy, Data and Food Sectors and have developed a vast knowledge of the trade and extremely valuable experience. The team at Suir Engineering and the people I have worked with on site have always supported me on my journey to where I am today. There is always a helping hand when needed, be it from the trades carrying out works or senior management.
I have completed training courses in computer skills, CAD, managing safely in construction and CPD professional skills to date. It’s clear to see in my experience that Suir encourage training at any stage of a persons career to help them complete their roles and this is evident every day on site from working with others within the company.
Suir is a direct hire company who invest a lot of energy into building and training. During my time at Suir Engineering I have completed a variety of courses:
- Project Management Professional Certification-PMP-2019
- Finance for Non-Financial Managers Programme-Irish Management Institute-2019
- Leadership Development training-2016
- Level 6 CPD Certificate in professional skills awarded by DIT-2015
- MSIC- CPD certificate in Managing Safely in Construction-2017
Suir Engineering encourages its people to grow and develop their skillset. I joined Suir Engineering as an apprentice and have advanced from apprentice to electrician, supervisor, construction manager, PM and to my current role as Regional Director. My day to day job involves managing and driving a large team to meet with all project requirements and deadlines through “The Suir Way“. My day may also includes managing client expectations, client meetings, planning of all resources including labour, materials and sub-contractors and preparing various reports pertaining to contractual issues, operations, policies, procedures, and/or other issues that may arise.
Suir Engineering have given me the opportunity to grow internally and promoted me through the business. In addition to the formal training and workshops received, I was very fortunate to receive a lot of valuable mentoring. I found that colleagues and management within the company were always very generous with their time and offered a lot of support to me at each level of my career.
I began my career as an apprentice with Suir Engineering. As an apprentice I worked on leading Pharmaceutical plants and Data Centre’s. Once I qualified from my apprenticeship I moved on with my career and was promoted to a supervisor. I was also supported in several courses I undertook internally and externally to the company. I then moved onto be a Construction Manager followed by Project Manager on the top Pharmaceutical projects in Ireland. Recently I was promoted to Project Director – I believe this reflects Suir Engineering ambition to attract, retain and develop its best people – it cares about its people, its number one asset.