Take a Closer Look: Andrew Cantwell, Senior Civil Engineer in Dublin

Andrew Cantwell joined our Dublin office’s growing team as a Senior Civil Engineer in October 2018. Here he summaries his experiences with us during his first four months in the office’s new premises on Pembroke Lane:

“After I graduated from University College Cork in 2015 with an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, I worked in another engineering consultancy for 3 years. During this time, I was involved in projects across a spectrum of sectors including Mission Critical, Food & Beverages, Medtech and Pharma. The variety of projects spanned the project lifecycle, from Feasibility and Masterplanning through Planning and Detailed Design to Construction and Site Support.

What initially attracted me to Curtins first was the type of projects they were involved in, such as residential schemes, which I have always had an interest in. Seeing some of the projects on the company website just gave me a greater sense of the size and scale that Curtins has worked on. To see the history of the company, which started with Bill Curtin, was fascinating, but it also gave me an idea of the culture that has been grown since the company’s inception. After meeting Diarmuid and the rest of the team in Dublin for the first time, the enthusiasm and positive atmosphere I sensed from everyone was excellent (and infectious) – it made it nearly impossible not to join.

Now a few months into the role, one my favourite aspects of my job is the difference in scale on the projects. My week can include designs for a small, bespoke housing schemes, trying to solve intricate problems, up to the large, multi-million-pound developments.

For me, civil engineering can sometimes be forgotten, as once it’s complete it’s buried under the ground where no one will see it. However, this is another favourite part of my job. It’s a chance to create complex networks of drainage sewers and other services, whilst navigating the constraints of the site.

I have also always wanted to be able to learn more about the inner workings of a company and in my role here I’ve been given the opportunity to get involved in the office’s Business Development, which I’ve found really enjoyable.

In my role, I’m most proud of being able to deliver projects to a high quality and on time, which I have done on multiple occasions. Outside of my professional career, my biggest achievements have been with my local hurling club O’Loughlin Gaels. I have been playing with them since I was 9 and was was part of the panel that won a Kilkenny County Senior Championship in 2010.

Being the lead Civil Engineer in the Dublin office, my biggest challenge is balancing my time between multiple projects in the office. However, this is something I really relish, and with the support of the rest of the team in the office it’s also very manageable.

For 2019, I’m looking forward to helping the Dublin office develop further through completion of existing projects, which includes the new Kilcock Community Centre, that have been in development since 2018 and getting involved new brand-new exciting schemes. Some of my own goals will be to get involved in projects in the south east region of Ireland and also continuing my path towards Chartership with Engineer Ireland. This is something I’m really looking to forward to taking on.”