A GROWING Cork company, which was involved in the development of one of Cork Institute of Technology’s key engineering programmes, has rewarded the course’s top student with a coveted ‘Best Student’ prize.
Fehily Timoney & Co Managing Director, Eamon Timoney, who lives near Roscarbery, is one of several industry experts who helped CIT develop its highly successful Masters in Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment & Energy) programme.
Now, the internationally-trading Consultants in Engineering and Environmental Sciences company boss has rewarded undergraduate, David O’Riordan, with the Best Student commemorative plaque for 2016.
David, 23, from Ballyvolane, also holds a BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy from CIT and currently works as an Energy Consultant with Energy Services Ltd. – a leading independent power company.
Speaking after the awards, Mr Timoney said the company, which is based on the Pouladuff Road, continues to enjoy very close ties with CIT, adding that several of its 50-strong workforce are either graduates of the Institute or have undertaken part-time study there.
“We worked closely with CIT in 2011/2012 to build this programme and advise on its content. We continue to liaise closely with the Institute and are delighted to sponsor the Best Student prize each year and encourage participants to excel. Having a flow of industry-ready graduates and experts with Masters-level qualifications on our doorstep is critical as we look forward to growing our reach in the Irish and UK market, in particular, across 2017.
“There are very few engineering graduates available to the industry and lots of our younger engineers who left during the downturn to work abroad have set up home there now. Some are returning home and working in the sector. But the lack of available engineers makes forward planning difficult for all in this industry. We plan to continue to work with CIT to attract more students into this exciting and fast-paced industry and make it an attractive career path for our brightest and best,” he concluded.
The taught MEng in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) programme in the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology has produced graduates for the industry since 2012, according to Des Walsh, Head of Department at the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering.
He described Mr Timoney as “a valuable member” of the team which developed the successful programme. The programme is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland. Graduates have been employed by, amongst others, the OPW, Bord Gáis, ESB International, MottMacDonald, Arup, O2 Environmental, JB Barry Consulting, GlaxoSmithKlein Ireland, and the RPS Group, he added.
Fehily Timoney & Co was established in 1990 and has a 50-strong team which excels in civil infrastructure, planning and waste management, as well as environment & energy, data management and GIS. The growing firm plans to expand its Civil Infrastructure Division across 2017 and secure more work across Ireland and the UK in target services such as planning, site development, drainage, water supply and utilities.