At Careys, our teams operate across the UK and Ireland, delivering an extensive range of engineering, build and construction services. This week, we caught up with Careys Building & Civil Engineering Project Engineer - Finbar, who gave us an insight on his role, responsibilities and his favourite project to date.

Joining Careys

I joined Careys in 2001 as a Ground Worker. I had the opportunity to work alongside the engineers on site as a chain man, which I did for two years. Soon after, in 2003 I took sabbatical leave to travel for a year, and then I returned in 2004. I’ve have been on board since.

My role and responsibilities

I am currently a Project Engineer working on O’Devaney Gardens, the residential regeneration scheme in Dublin, Ireland. My role includes reviewing design information, raising requests for information (RFIs) and filtering information to our site engineers. My responsibilities also include:

  • Assisting with the management and communication between Careys Building & Civil Engineering and sub-contractor personnel
  • Drafting and reviewing method and risk assessments
  • Attending design meetings with our client

I’m also a safe home every day (SHED) trainer, our programme centred around our commitment to exceptional health and safety standards, ensuring all operatives go home safely every day.

Deciding on a career in construction

My father worked in construction so as I grew up, I always had an interest in building. I would work with him during the school holidays, so construction was always close to me. I worked on a building site in Dublin for a year after leaving school and then I joined Careys in 2001 and the rest is history.

What I enjoy most about my role

I get great satisfaction taking a project from the ground up and seeing the finished product.

My favourite project to date

Letts Field, Clondalkin, as I started and finished the job as a Project Manager. The project consisted of 37 residential units of two and three storey houses for South Dublin County Council. There was also a significant package of hard and soft landscaping works, including estate roads, a new football field, mixed-use green areas and planting over 100 trees. Additionally, we constructed the drainage and underground services works for the new estate.

The culture at Careys

I have always been given the opportunity to grow with Careys which I am grateful for. We never compromise health and safety on site for progress.

My advice to anyone looking to pursue a similar career

Be brave and courageous and construction will be good to you.

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