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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I started working for Suir Engineering in 1995 and have been afforded the opportunity to progress with my career starting as an apprentice electrician. I have advanced from apprentice to electrician, supervisor, Project Manager and to my current role as Project Director. During my time with Suir Engineering I have attended training courses on management skills, leadership, behavioral safety, career coaching, Project management and I successfully completed a level 9 Specialist Diploma in Lean Tools and Quality Management in the University of Limerick.
My job role entails the management of the project site team from the design stage to the handover of the projects to the client. I have overall responsibility for successful completion of projects to client satisfaction.
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.
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 Project 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.