Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

Graduates from the Civil Engineering 3-year Level 7 degree course may choose to work as technicans/technologists within the civil engineering industry, playing an important role in the design and construction process. In recent years a large proportion of the graduates have chosen to continue with their studies, advancing on to the level 8 professionally accredited honours degree at WIT( Sustainable Civil Engineering) or at other colleges in Ireland and the UK.

Civil Engineering is a wide discipline that encompasses a variety of project types including the construction, design and maintenance of  highways, railways, bridges, tunnels, airports, harbours, waste-water treatment facilities, power stations and commercial/industrial buildings.


Undergraduate (full-time)
Course Code Name Duration
WD139 BEng in Civil Engineering 3 yrs
Add-on Courses
Course Code Name Duration
WD178 BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering 2 yrs
Course Code Name Duration
WD553 MSc in Construction Project Management (full time) 1 yr
WD542 MSc in Construction Project Management (part time) 2 yrs
Multiple MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering 1-2 yrs

Site Visits


In 2013 the department hosted a  group of Civil Engineering students from the Paris based organisation CESI Enseignement Supérieur Institut.  A total of 41 students and staff members spent a week long study visit to Waterford.
The study week involved a number of site visits in the area.  These included the SmartPly factory in Bellview, the Waste Water treatment plant for Waterford and BAM PPP construction project: the new secondary school in Tramore. The group also engaged with students from a number of departments in the School of Engineering.  As part of their coursework, the CESI students undertook a number of projects examining differing cultural practices in construction.  This also involved strategizing for alternative and creative approaches to tackle current construction problems.


Crossrail London.

This BBC series follows a team of more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers as they race to build a brand new railway under London - Crossrail - London's new Underground. Costing fifteen billion pounds, it's the biggest engineering project in Europe.



The Big Dig, Boston

National Geographic Documentary 2014
2.6 Billion pound (estimated) civil engineering project, the largest of its type in the US.


Eoin Kelly

Eoin Kelly

Studied:  BEng in Civil Engineering & BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Graduated: January 2015
Currently Living: London UK
Company: Walsh Associates
Job Title: Structural Engineer

Current Projects:
•    Aldgate Place – Aldgate East, London. Exceeding carbon targets at Algate Place
•    Phoenix Plaza – Redhill, Surrey.
•    Camden Lock Village – Camden Lock, London.

My time at WIT

My time at WIT was very enjoyable. I began studying Civil Engineering in 2009 and immediately knew it was the right path to take. The course is quite involved with a broad range of subjects that allowed me to discover what best suited me. All through my time in the college I was helped and encouraged by very friendly, knowledgeable staff who strive to bring out the best in every student. It was a big relief for me not to be immersed in a class of hundreds. I found that WIT offered a more personal education where staff are always available and willing to help.
I considered that the Sustainable Civil Engineering add on degree to be very beneficial as it began to focus more on certain aspects of engineering and allowed me to focus on where I wanted my future career. A 6 month work placement during this time was invaluable as it gave me first-hand experience applying what I had learned over the past 3 years. My placement was with BAM Civil in Dublin Port. I enjoyed every moment of it, when I returned for the final year of the course I was more determined and far more knowledgeable.

Time after WIT

Upon finishing my studies at WIT, I immediately found work in London working as a setting out engineer. This is thoroughly enjoyed but I had always planned on moving into design. The jump to this came sooner than expected, mainly due to the fact that London is booming and suffering from a sever lack of engineers. In June 2014, I began working as a Structural Engineer for Walsh. This of course was a major difference to site work but one that I felt very capable of making. Structural analysis was something covered in depth whilst I was in WIT.
Since beginning with Walsh I have been involved with a number of projects, most notably Aldgate Place. This is a mixed use development in the heart of London. The project consists of 6 buildings ranging in height from 11 to 26 stories. I am heavily involved with both the design and co-ordination of the project. I also make daily site visits to ensure that the design is being followed.
I have been given great opportunities since finishing my studies at WIT but it is entirely down to the education and support I received while studying that I have been able to take on the challenges the engineering world offer.

BEng in Civil Engineering

Tom Gillespie
Telephone: 051 302610

BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Tomás O'Donoghue
Telephone: 051 302643