An engineer from Belfast has become ICE Northern Ireland’s youngest professionally qualified Engineering Technician.
Timothy McCaughey, a Junior Civil Estimator at Moore Concrete Products, said of his achievement: “I never would have thought this time 3 years ago I would be in the civil engineering industry, never mind professionally qualified. The support of ICE has been very much appreciated throughout my apprenticeship journey so far.”
Timothy decided to qualify as a civil engineer via an apprenticeship rather than full-time study at university. A spokesman for Moore Concrete Products Ltd said: “Apprentices and graduates are an invaluable asset, key to the successes of a growing business, facilitating a strong link between education and employment. We look forward to continuing to support Timothy in his career and professional development.”
Apprenticeships are a recognised pathway to achieving professional excellence and are a fantastic way to kick-start a career in civil engineering. University is not necessarily the right choice for everyone, and an apprenticeship can be a great way to take that important first step to a chosen career. Qualified engineering technicians perform a vital role in the development of infrastructure networks – not only in Northern Ireland but also globally. They offer specialist skills and techniques to help in the delivery of safe, cost effective and timely infrastructure projects.
ICE is uniquely placed to assist civil engineering apprentices on their journey. A wide range of support is offered for those pursuing EngTech including membership surgeries, webinars and workshops, all listed here, led by Donna Surgeoner and her team.
Timothy was also recently awarded a QUEST technician scholarship – a sign of excellence which recognises the abilities and potential of early-career civil engineers. The scholarships are awarded to ambitious engineering students who demonstrate that they are a good leader, a good team player, able to act independently and show determination.
Applications for 2020/2021 will open 7 October 2020. For further details please visit the Careers and Training section of the ICE website.
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