Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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UCD Engineering and Architecture Postgraduate Open Evening

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UCD Engineering and Architecture Postgraduate Open Evening

Monday, March 21, 2016 

UCD Engineering and Architecture Postgraduate Open Evening

Are you are considering a Postgraduate Masters in Engineering, Architecture, Planning or Environmental Policy? This event is not to be missed ...

Taking place on Tuesday, 26th April from 5.30pm – 7.30pm in the UCD Student Centre, graduate and undergraduate students are very welcome from both UCD and other institutions in addition to graduates working in business or industry who are considering further studies.

This is an excellent opportunity to talk to staff and students about our various post graduate Master's programme in Engineering, Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.


5:30pm: Welcome and Sign-in. Light refreshments will be served.

5:30pm- 7.30pm: An opportunity to talk to staff and students about postgraduate opportunities.

6.30pm - 7.30pm: Various short talks will take place (to be updated in the coming days).


Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 17:30 to 19:30.


UCD Student Centre & Red Room - University College Dublin Belfield, D4 Dublin, Ireland. 

Click here to register for the event. 


Explore more information on Postgraduate opportunities including courses, funding and study abroad options HERE

The CareersPortal Team