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Being Civil

Being Civil

By Wayne Gibbons

The home for Civil Engineers (past and present) of GMIT.

Guests engage in an informal chat, to allow them to tell the story of their journey through school, college, graduation and career. The intention is that this will be informative for prospective students, current students, staff, graduates, employers and anyone with an interest in civil engineering as a career.

Views expressed may not represent official policies/conduct of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and/or the past/present employers of the guests.
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Special episode: STEPS Engineers Week 2022
Special episode: STEPS Engineers Week 2022
This is another very special episode of Being Civil, as it features questions sent in by secondary school students from all across Ireland, with answers from two students and a graduate of the Civil Engineering degree at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.  This is presented as part of the Engineers Ireland STEPS Engineers Week 2022. If you are interested in Civil Engineering as a course or career, this episode will be very useful and informative. Some of the questions covered include:  How do you decide on Civil Engineering as a course? What subjects and skills from secondary school are helpful for Civil Engineering?  What are the hours and workload like in a typical week for a Civil Engineering student?  What effect does studying Leaving Cert Maths through Irish have on doing Civil Engineering through English? What jobs in engineering don't require much hands-on work? Are current teachings and maths going to be obsolete by the end of the century? Can you work as an independent Civil Engineer? What countries can you work in as a Civil Engineer? What opportunities do you get in both big and small companies? What is a typical day like for a Civil Engineer? What are the less appealing aspects to being a Civil Engineer? What are you least favourite and most favourite things about being a Civil Engineer? Thanks to all those who sent in questions, and thanks to Oisín, Emma and Brian for answering them.  Be sure to check out previous episodes of the Being Civil podcast if you want to hear conversations with Civil Engineering graduates from all over the world. All episodes are available via the usual podcast platforms, but the best place to start is by visiting Being Civil • A podcast on Anchor For more details on the Engineers Ireland STEPS Engineers Week, check out this website: www.engineersireland.ie/schools
30:44
March 03, 2022
12. Emily Alfred
12. Emily Alfred
In this episode, we hear from Emily Alfred, who is currently working as a Senior Resident Engineer on a civil infrastructure project in the Limerick area. Emily describes a typical day in this role, and gives us a great overview of the experience she has gained in her career so far, both in Scotland and in Ireland. As always, there is great advice in this episode for secondary students as well as students currently studying on a civil engineering degree. Views expressed may not represent official policies/conduct of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and/or the past/present employers of the guests. Intro music composed by AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist): https://www.aiva.ai. Outro music composed by Isaac.
45:03
February 11, 2022
Special episode: Engineers Week 2021
Special episode: Engineers Week 2021
This is a very special episode of Being Civil, as it features questions sent in by secondary school students across Ireland, and answers from two Year 1 students on the Civil Engineering degree at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. This is presented as part of the Engineers Ireland "STEPS Engineers Week". If you are interested in Civil Engineering as a course or career, this episode will be very useful and informative. The questions addressed include: How did you get interested in Civil Engineering? What subjects did you study in secondary school? How can secondary school students prepare for the step-up to studying Civil Engineering in college? What is a typical week like for a Civil Engineering student? What advice would you offer to secondary school students thinking about studying Civil Engineering? Thanks to all those who sent in questions, and thanks to Shannon and Daniel for answering them. Be sure to check out previous episodes of the Being Civil podcast if you want to hear conversations with Civil Engineering graduates from all over the world. All episodes are available via the usual podcast platforms, but the best place to start is by visiting Being Civil • A podcast on Anchor For more details on the Engineers Ireland STEPS Engineers Week, check out this website: www.engineersireland.ie/schools Music composed by AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist): https://www.aiva.ai
17:40
February 22, 2021
11. Christopher Moloney
11. Christopher Moloney
In this episode, we hear from Christopher Moloney, who is currently working as a Project Manager in the San Francisco area of California. In that role, Christopher is responsible for a number of groundworks projects ranging in value from $2m to $30m. The type of projects which he works on can be seen at this website: https://www.sfpublicworks.org/projects Christopher mentions an interesting project in the conversation, which you can learn more about here: Settlement reached over San Francisco's notorious sinking luxury tower | San Francisco | The Guardian Views expressed may not represent official policies/conduct of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and/or the past/present employers of the guests. Music composed by AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist): https://www.aiva.ai
30:48
February 12, 2021
10. Mark Kilkelly
10. Mark Kilkelly
In this episode I catch up with Mark Kilkelly. Mark is currently based in Washington DC, in the United States. His current role involves designing, planning and overseeing the replacement of water mains in the district. Mark gained experience in Ireland and the UK before making the move to the US, and he gives us a full run-down of what he's learned so far. As always, there are great insights for our current students in this episode as well. This is the last full episode of Season 2, but there are some very exciting bonus episodes that are coming soon, and then Season 3 will start in the New Year. Views expressed in this episode may not represent official policies or views of the employers (past or present) of either the host or the guest.
36:14
December 07, 2020
9. Micheál Burke
9. Micheál Burke
In this episode, I chat with Micheál Burke, who is currently working as Railway Design Manager for ARUP in Bristol, UK. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
24:48
November 23, 2020
8. Noel O'Ceallaigh
8. Noel O'Ceallaigh
The guest for this episode is Noel O'Ceallaigh.  Noel currently works as an Executive Engineer in the Galway City Council Transportation Department, and his career journey to date includes a mix of the site and design sides of civil engineering. Noel talks about the value of civil engineering as a degree that offers flexibility in career areas, his decision to return as a mature student to gain his Honours Degree, and advice and tips for our current students. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
37:03
November 09, 2020
7. David McGoey
7. David McGoey
The guest for this episode is David McGoey.  David currently works as a Construction Manager on a large infrastructure project in Auckland, New Zealand. His career journey to date includes the design side of engineering as well as the construction and management side. David talks about the importance of teamwork and the challenges of working in a seismic region. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
31:11
October 26, 2020
6. Simon McCarthy
6. Simon McCarthy
In this episode, I catch up with Simon McCarthy. Simon is currently a Site Engineer with JJ Rhatigan. In this role, he is responsible for setting out, co-ordination, planning and technical support in construction projects. Prior to this role, Simon spent some time working in the UK. Even though Simon is a relatively recent graduate, he has done a lot and is happy to share his experience and insights into studying, job hunting and working as a civil engineer in this episode. Simon's profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-mccarthy-aab070b9/ Note: Guests engage in an informal chat, to allow them to tell the story of their journey. The intention is that this will be informative for prospective students, current students, staff, graduates, employers and anyone with an interest in civil engineering as a career. Views expressed may not represent official policies/conduct of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and/or the past/present employers of the guests.
35:59
October 12, 2020
5. Laura Gaffney
5. Laura Gaffney
In this episode, I catch up with Laura Gaffney. Laura is a Senior Engineer with Tobin Consulting Engineers in Galway. In addition to sharing her civil engineering story with us, Laura give some excellent (and simple) advice to our current students and she outlines her experience of becoming a Chartered Engineer. As always, views expressed do not necessarily reflect official policies and/or views of the current or past employers of the host or the guest.
36:29
September 29, 2020
4. Noel Mahon
4. Noel Mahon
In this episode we hear from Noel Mahon. Noel shares a lot of insights into his time as a student, offering great advice. He also talks about the importance of adding personality to the role of a Civil Engineer, and the rewards that this career has offered him so far. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
23:05
September 15, 2020
3. Eoin Cheevers
3. Eoin Cheevers
In this episode I catch up with Eoin Cheevers. Eoin is a Chartered Engineer, currently working with BAM Nuttall as a Design Manager on the Thames Tideway Super Sewer project, London. This is a multi-billion-pound project, where Eoin coordinates, manages, checks and implements designs for the main tunnel. He works with stakeholders, third-parties, and various construction teams to gain approval and ensures that procedures are followed, and any changes are captured in a formal manner and discussed with the client. Eoin has had an interesting education and job history, a journey which he explains in this episode while offering great insights for current and prospective students. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
32:31
September 01, 2020
Season 2 Teaser
Season 2 Teaser
This is just a short extract from the first episode of Season 2, which features Eoin Cheevers. Eoin has had a very interesting journey, but in this extract he gives a quick tip about the learning process of being a Civil Engineer. The full episode with Eoin will be published on 1st September, so make sure you subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. 
01:43
August 14, 2020
Being Civil Trailer
Being Civil Trailer
This is the trailer for the Being Civil podcast. Season 2 begins in September 2020. Be sure to listen and subscribe at www.anchor.fm/beingcivil
01:20
August 10, 2020
Bonus Episode: A Typical Day #3
Bonus Episode: A Typical Day #3
In this Bonus Episode of the Being Civil podcast, we hear from Mark Kilkelly. Mark works as a Project Manager in Washington DC, where he is responsible for design, co-ordination, planning and oversight of utility projects in the city. As always, views expressed may not reflect official Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology policies/practices, nor those of the employers of the guest.
09:47
July 24, 2020
Bonus Episode: A typical day #2
Bonus Episode: A typical day #2
This is a special bonus episode of the Being Civil podcast. In this episode, we hear from Laura Gaffney as she tells us what a typical day is like for her at the moment. Laura works as a Senior Engineer for Tobin Consulting Engineers in Galway.  Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and/or the part/present employers of the guests.
05:30
July 17, 2020
Bonus Episode: A typical day #1
Bonus Episode: A typical day #1
This is a special bonus episode of the Being Civil podcast. In this episode, we hear from Eoin Cheevers as he tells us what a typical day is like for him at the moment. Eoin works as a Design Manager for BAM Nuttall on the multi-billion-pound Thames Tideway Super Sewer Project in London. It sounds like a very busy day! Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
10:11
June 26, 2020
Bonus Episode: International Women in Engineering Day 2020
Bonus Episode: International Women in Engineering Day 2020
To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, Dr Clare McTigue takes part in this very special bonus episode. Clare will be back for a full episode after the summer break. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
02:18
June 23, 2020
2. Donna Gibbons
2. Donna Gibbons
In this episode I get to catch up with Donna Gibbons. Donna has spent most of her career in the UK since graduating from GMIT. She is currently a highway engineer and works with Atkins in their Transportation business. Her role typically involves Design Managing and Project Managing multi-disciplinary design teams on highway projects for Local Authority clients. Donna shares some memories, tips and advice, and offers a great insight into the variety of things a civil engineer can end up working on. Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
29:12
June 15, 2020
1. Brian Farrell
1. Brian Farrell
In the first episode, I catch up with Brian Farrell, who is a Managing Partner at a construction firm, with responsibility for managing construction operations including numerous exciting contracts and projects. Brian shares lots of great insights into his time as a student of Civil Engineering at GMIT, his career path so far, and advice for current students.  If you would like to take part in an episode, please just get in touch via Twitter @CivilEngGMIT or by sending an email to wayne.gibbons@gmit.ie Note: The intention of the Being Civil podcast is to present an informative and informal chat with the guests. Topics discussed and views expressed are not intended to reflect official policies or views of either the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology or the employers of the guest.
21:46
June 05, 2020