Work Placement

Civil & Environmental Engineering Work Placement

Civil  & Environmental Engineering Work Placement

Work Placement - Summer Third Year

We provide third year Civil & Environmental Engineering students with the opportunity to go on a 4 month work placement between June and September.

The industry placement is a great opportunity to get a head start in working on real-life design or construction projects as part of a professional Engineering team. Opportunities also exist to get experience in project management. Feedback from both students and industry on our placement programe is excellent, and it is consistently described as one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of the BE Civil Engineering programme by students. After graduation, many placement students return to their placement hosts as employees.

Students can even spend their work placement abroad. You can gain experience working on state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructural engineering projects in some of the world's great cities such as London or New York. 

Recent Host Companies for Work Placement Students

The companies that have participated over the last number of years include:


BAM Contractors

Byrne Brothers (London)

Coffey Group

Cork County Council

DPS Engineering & Construction Ltd.


Fehily Timoney & Co.

John Sisk Group (UK & Ireland)

Kerry County Council

Malachy Walsh & Partners

Murphy Group (London)

PJ Hegarty & Sons

PM Group

Punch Consulting Engineers



Work Placements: What Students Say

Eoghan O Riain‌‌

Eoghan O Riain, BE Civil & Environmental Engineering Student, UCC

My name is Eoghan O Riain and during my placement, I worked with Watermans Consulting Engineers in Cork City. My responsibilities included the preparation of fire certificate applications for local businesses, designing structural extensions for dwelling, carrying out structural surveys as well as many more different and challenging projects which I really enjoyed!

Conor Crowley

Image of Conor Crowley, BE Civil & Environmental Engineering UCC Student

My name is Conor Crowley and I worked with PJ Hegarty. I was based in Irish Distillers Midleton, where PJH have been working for over 20 years. My main responsibility was providing levels for an upgraded pipeline running through the site, as well as using AutoCAD to create an as-built of all the underground services located during excavations. I would highly recommend work experience with PJH as they are very focused on their employees and not just their profits!

Tony Fitzpatrick‌‌

My name is Tony Fitzpatrick. I worked in Arup, in Cork, in the Energy Infrastructure sector.  I spent most of my time creating an SIM (Structural Integrity Monitoring programme) for a gas platform 50km off the coast of Kinsale.  I created the SIM using Excel, went on a trip to the platform and reception facility (Inch) and wrote a report for Arup’s client who required the SIM.  I spent the majority of my remaining time on upgrading a gas compressor station in Brighouse Bay, Scotland.

Fearghal McNamara

My name is Fearghal McNamara, and for my placement I worked in the Kerry National Road Design Office (KNRDO) which is a branch of Kerry County Council. They are in charge of all Primary and Secondary Roads in Kerry. Some of the work that I was involved in included using AutoCAD to design new road alignments, creating Compulsory Purchase Orders, calculating Design Speeds for new roads and developing Cost Benefit Analysis (COBA) reports.

I found the work both challenging and enjoyable.

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork