Civil and Structural Engineer for the Office of Public Works

Civil and Structural Engineer for the Office of Public Works

The Office of Public Works (OPW) are looking for Civil and Structural Engineers to get involved with new builds, vital flood relief schemes, large-scale public infrastructure projects and refurbishments.

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The OPW’s Civil and Structural Engineers are involved in the design of new public buildings and providing maintenance solutions for our built heritage, including national monuments. The OPW has 2,500 properties under its care and its Engineers are responsible for the design of the engineering solutions required to ensure they remain fit for purpose to serve the public.

The OPW co-ordinates the government’s approach to flood risk management across 3 strategic and policy areas – prevention, protection and preparedness. The OPW’s Civil and Structural Engineers are involved in the design of flood protection measures and adapting flood defences for climate change. Its Engineers also look after the maintenance of approximately 11,500 kilometres of river channels and 800 kilometres of embankments. This work includes constructing, replacing or repairing bridges and culverts.

Stephen Finn, Civil Engineer:

“No two days are the same. One day we could be out on site following a major flood event assessing flow mechanisms for solutions the next, we could be in the office reviewing maps, drawings, and reports; managing a construction site by direct labour; carrying out river engineering projects to enhance the environmental potential of a site; representing the organisation at public consultation days or meetings; liaising with Local Authority, Private Sector Consultants, Inland Fisheries Ireland, GSI, Met Éireann colleagues or others to develop a sustainable solution; or providing briefing materials for a Minister.”

Civil and Structural Engineer for the Office of Public Works

As a Civil and Structural Engineer, your work may involve looking at ways to incorporate nature-based solutions into the design of flood relief schemes, mapping flood risk, preparing contract documents, drawings, engineering reports or topographical surveys. You’ll be involved in multi-million euro projects building our national infrastructure. You may be involved in the design and construction of public buildings and the maintenance of national monuments. This will include directing and monitoring the execution of engineering-related projects and work programmes. The role provides a mix of office and home-based work with site visits for meetings, inspections, investigations and surveying.

The OPW has a physical presence at sites throughout the country. The OPW’s largest office-based sites are its HQ, in a state-of-the-art building in Trim, Co. Meath as well as the recently refurbished iconic 1 George’s Quay building in Dublin, with regional roles located in Athlone, Ardee, Kilkenny, Castlebridge, Co. Wexford, Mallow, Mullingar, Cork City, Listowel, Limerick, Portumna, Headford, Co. Galway, Ballina, Co.Mayo, Sligo, Lifford and Donegal Town.

There is an authentic culture of collaboration with a significant focus on sustainability and a unified goal to deliver excellent services amid the ongoing challenges of climate change.

The OPW invests heavily in continuous education and development. There are structured career paths to Engineer Grade II and many opportunities for promotion right up to senior management.

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