• What our programme offers 

    Roughan & O'Donovan's graduate development programme offers graduates a fast-track to becoming senior engineers.

    Join us to:

    • Experience challenging job rotations 
    • Participate in exciting and diverse projects
    • Receive practical support from experienced mentors
    • Develop your technical, leadership and project management skills
    • See how a large-scale engineering company operates


    How our programme is designed

    The programme operates over 2 years with at least 4 rotations within the following engineering teams:

    • Bridges
    • Buildings
    • Geotechnical
    • Site
    • Transportation and traffic
    • Water services

    The nature and sequence of your rotations will depend on your interests and the plan you have developed with your programme mentor.


    What makes our programme different

    We know that moving from the lecture theatre to an engineering consultancy is daunting, so we invest a lot in making the transition as smooth as possible for you.

    A programme tailored to suit the individual

    In your first week, a programme mentor will help you decide what you want from your career, and tailor your path through the programme to best fit with your ambitions.

    Team-specific mentors

    In addition to your programme mentor, we’ll assign team-specific mentors for each of your rotations.  Your team mentors will provide hands-on, practical guidance and support as you progress through each rotation.

    Continuing professional development

    You’ll attend accredited training courses, including Engineers Ireland’s CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering and lots of CPD workshops and seminars to help you progress.

    Team support

    On day 1, you'll join our team of highly skilled and talented engineers - many of whom began their careers as graduates here themselves - and all of whom are keen to share their knowledge and experience with you.

  • What do you look for in a graduate?

    We look for graduates who:

    • Are keen to learn
    • Can build relationships 
    • Have solid analytical skills
    • Can take initiative


    Will there be a job for me at the end of the programme?


    From day 1, your contract of employment is permanent (subject to the standard probationary period).


    Where will I be based?

    You’ll be based in our head office in Arena House, Arena Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

    You may be offered a 3-6-month site rotation within the Dublin area during the programme.


    How’s the social life?

    We’re a friendly group.

    We have with an active sports and social committee who like to organise wellness weeks, comedy club nights, surfing weekends, step challenges and much more.

    You’ll find lots of ways to get involved.


    What do I need to apply?

    To apply, you will need to hold a minimum of a level 8 degree in civil or structural engineering or equivalent.

  • What you need to apply

    To apply, you will need to hold a minimum of a level 8 degree in civil or structural engineering or equivalent.


    When you can apply

    Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Programme will open in October 2018.


    Where we advertise

    We advertise on our job vacancies page and directly with colleges. 

  • Colm Hoey

    Colm Hoey

    I graduated with an MEng in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast.

    I joined Roughan & O’Donovan to gain experience across a variety of civil engineering projects.

    Rotating through different projects and teams has taught me a lot - from working with the different personalities within teams, to coping with increasing levels of responsibility. It has also helped me to figure out the area of engineering I’m most passionate about.

    I’m only at the start of my career but, by being proactive, I know I can keep learning and progressing.  


    Ernest Etim

    Ernest Etim

    I'm a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin and Nottingham Trent University.

    I’m really enjoying the experience of working here - everyone is incredibly dedicated and driven.

    My team members listen to my opinions and encourage me to share ideas. It feels like I have a real voice in the company, which pushes me to work harder.

    I’ve been given lots of responsibility within project teams, but it’s never overwhelming. There’s always a mentor or senior engineer close by to answer a question or check my work. 

    I’ve taken every training opportunity that has come my way, including Engineers Ireland’s Certificate in Professional Engineering, and that has really helped my confidence at work.

    Read my interview in The Sunday Times to learn why I chose a career in engineering and how the rotations within the graduate development programme have benefited me.


    Stephen Shorthall

    Stephen Shortall

    I'm a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where I undertook a degree in civil, structural and environmental engineering.

    At Roughan & O’Donovan, I work alongside some very talented and ambitious engineers. They encourage me to take on greater challenges and responsibility with each new project, and that’s really helped my progress as a graduate.

    There have been times when I’ve felt under pressure to deliver, but that’s part of the job. And, there’s always an experienced mentor available to discuss the issues and provide reassurance.

    On a personal level, I really enjoy Roughan & O’Donovan’s sports and social club events – comedy club nights and climbing walls are a great way of getting to know your colleagues.


    Thomas Houlihan

    Thomas Houlihan

    I'm a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology where I undertook an MSc in Structural Engineering.

    I think Roughan & O’Donovan’s graduate development programme has to be one of the best. I don’t know of any other engineering consulting company in Ireland offering the breadth of exposure that this programme provides.

    Instead of being pigeon-holed into one particular specialism too soon, the programme has allowed me to work in multi-disciplinary teams across a range of civil engineering projects.

    I’m learning about all the different career paths and roles open to me while getting the kind of experience that will really stand to me when I apply for chartership.


  • Frances O'Kelly

    Frances O’Kelly

    I have been working as a spatial planner for over 10 years. My work involves strategic policy development and analysis, undertaking environmental impact assessments, and providing advice on a range of project-specific planning and development issues.

    I enjoy helping my mentees improve their technical skills and performance at work. By actively engaging on projects and pursuing continuing professional development opportunities, I can see their individual strengths and interests develop.

    I encourage my mentees to knock on someone’s door or call them up, if they have an issue to discuss. In fact, our open-plan office layout with low partitions, and junior and senior staff strategically seated together, supports an open communication style.


    Eileen O'Neill

    Eileen O’Neill                        

    I have worked as a road designer, both office and site based, for 29 years.

    During that time, I have been involved in a wide variety of road schemes in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

    I am glad of the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise with new graduates.

    For me, a good mentor-mentee relationship is a two way street; it requires time and commitment on the part of the mentor and a willingness to do what it takes to become successful on the part of the mentee.


    Gerry Hanney

    Gerry Hanney

    I’ve spent 40 years working in a civil/structural design office, so I think it is important to help less experienced technicians and engineers in any way I can.

    I am often asked questions on building construction, structural design or on drawing production, and I always try to answer in a patient, friendly way.

    I think a mentor's actions and values are studied closely, so I try to lead by example. For me, the best way I can do this is by being there when someone needs help.


    Paul Kissane

    Paul Kissane

    As a senior geotechnical engineer, I am regularly challenged to characterise sites and design earthworks/foundations for all sorts of roads, bridges and structures.

    As a mentor, I guide others through finding the right information and selecting relevant parameters for analysis and design.

    I like to involve mentees in the process of making important decisions by helping them to consider the constraints and then evaluate the most suitable options. This really accelerates their learning journey and prepares them for future challenges.