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Ronan McNamee

Steven Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Ronan Mc Namee was no stranger to ATU Donegal when he returned as a mature student, having previously completed a Level 8 (Hons) degree in Accounting. On graduation with his business degree, a managerial job in retail offered Ronan an opportunity to travel and experience life. During this time, Ronan reflected on and researched his career choices and concluded that his lifelong interest in engineering was worth exploring.

“My love for math and achieving tangible results inspired my decision to study Civil Engineering. I love to see the finished building project”.

Civil Engineering is concerned with the infrastructure that contributes to modern civilisation. Civil Engineers are involved in planning, design and construction of facilities for living, industry and transport.

The return to education went smoothly for Ronan when he began a BEng in Civil Engineering at ATU Donegal. “It was exciting and daunting to be back studying. The small class sizes provide a personal learning environment and where it was easy to ask questions and participate in class discussions, making it fun. It meant that I we could get involved and have a hands-on experience of what we were learning. Rather than watching a demonstration, we actually got to perform the practical activities. I enjoyed the practical learning most of all.

The supports for students are incredible. The Curve, which is a learning centre within the college, provided me with extra support for maths with additional tutorials whenever I needed it. “The lecturers at ATU Donegal were excellent. They were always approachable and happy to help, even outside class times. They provided great encouragement for all of us and they went above and beyond to help us with employment opportunities.

While at ATU Donegal, I was introduced us to CHH Construction Engineers, who offered me a summer placement. This was an invaluable opportunity to get real-life experience. During my time working with CHH, I was involved in the design, planning and construction of dwellings, housing estates and warehouses in Sligo and Galway.”

Since graduating in 2018, Ronan has continued his civil engineering studies to honours degree level at Trinity College Dublin, winning both the Crampton Prize and the Morgan Sheehy Prize with another ATU Donegal classmate and graduate, Jack McDevitt, for their project work. “The research project in third year at ATU Donegal, providing me with research skills and knowledge, has really helped me to accomplish my dream of progressing to a Masters in Civil Engineering”. My fondest memory of ATU Donegal is the people whom I met along the way. The small class groups size encouraged me to mix with all my classmates and we often worked together and supported each other on projects. We have stayed in contact and we still meet up.”

Ronan works commencing an internship with DBFL Consulting Engineers Ireland, who are one of Irelands leading engineering consultancies with offices in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.

“Studying at ATU Donegal has provided me with exceptional experience and opportunities”.