About our programme
ROD Graduate Programme
ROD's two-year graduate programme will help you fast-track your way to professional engineer.
Join us to:
- Gain valuable experience quickly by working on high-profile projects
- Receive one-to-one support from dedicated mentors
- Experience four challenging rotations across a range of discipline areas
- Develop your technical and professional skills through formal and informal training
What makes our graduate programme exceptional?
A programme tailor-made for you
In your first week, your 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.
You'll choose four varied and challenging rotations, each of six months duration, from across a range of discipline areas, including:
Team mentors invested in you
In addition to your dedicated programme mentor, you'll be assigned team mentors who'll provide hands-on, practical support as you progress through each rotation.
Learning and development
Most of your learning will be on-the-job, supported by in-house and external training courses, including Engineers Ireland's CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering.
At the end of the programme, our team of mentors, chartered professionals and technical experts will be ready to help you reach your next career milestone - becoming chartered.
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.
Will there be a job for me at the end of the programme?
From day one, your contract of employment is permanent (subject to the standard probationary period).
Where will I be based?
You’ll be based in one of our three offices:
Head office: Arena House, Arena Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18
Northwood office: Unit 8, Block 1, Northwood Court, Santry, Dublin 9
Leeds office: 82-87 Pegholme, Wharfebank Mills, Ilkley Road, Otley, UK.
Will I have an opportunity to work onsite during the programme?
You may be offered a three to six month site rotation 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 you look for in a graduate?
We look for graduates who:
- Hold a minimum of a level 8 degree in civil or structural engineering or equivalent
- Are keen to learn and can take the initiative
- Can build relationships with colleagues
- Have solid analytical skills
- Are fluent or highly proficient in spoken and written English
When you can apply
Applications for our 2021 graduate programme will open in September 2020.
Where we advertise
We advertise on our job vacancies page and directly with colleges.
Meet our graduates
I studied civil and structural engineering at University of Bradford before undertaking a master’s in structural engineering at University of Leeds.
I joined ROD as a graduate engineer in October 2019. I am working with the team in our Otley office, where I have been involved in the Waterford North Quays SDZ and the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road projects. Both projects have provided plenty to test my skills and knowledge, and I am learning a lot by contributing to the detailed design and drawings of retaining structures and gathering information on the structures that are part of the N5 scheme.
The senior staff at ROD are always open to answering my questions, and they have encouraged me to develop my skills through CPD courses and attending in-house lectures and presentations. I am learning something new every day.
I’m a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD) where I undertook a BSc and an ME in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering.
I interned twice at ROD – once in 2016 and again in 2017. During that time, I worked on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) projects with the transportation team, and it was that experience that made me want to apply for a place on the graduate programme.
Since joining the programme, I have worked on a wide variety of projects, including the enhancing Motorway Operations Services (eMOS), Risk-Based Geometric Design, the Waterford North Quays SDZ and the HSE Community Nursing Units by PPP scheme. More recently, I have been providing traffic modelling support in Dublin Port where I will shortly begin a new site rotation.
I’ve worked with several multidisciplinary teams at ROD - from high level project management to technical detailed modelling teams. My knowledge of project and asset management has grown, I’ve improved my software and modelling skills, and I’ve also had the opportunity to interact with clients.
In addition to the support I’ve received from my mentor and graduate co-ordinators, I’ve also been guided by the more experienced members of my project teams. They have ensured that that my exposure within their projects has been balanced and well-rounded.
I studied Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) before undertaking a master’s degree that allowed me to specialise in transportation engineering.
I decided to apply to ROD’s graduate programme after listening to the feedback of a college friend who had interned at the company during her final year. She spoke so highly of the company and the people at ROD that I wanted to work there too.
Since joining ROD, I’ve been involved in design work on large-scale projects. This can sometimes feel quite daunting, but the senior engineers and technicians are all very approachable and willing to answer any questions I have.
The graduate programme at ROD allows you to explore different disciplines within the company before you decide where you would like to end up working. This is really valuable not just in terms of helping you decide the field of engineering you would like to specialise in but also in giving you an appreciation of the contribution other engineering disciplines make to a project.
ROD is an energetic and inclusive company. Everyone is driven and enthusiastic about their work, and the social committee makes sure that we all have a good work-life balance.
I studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
I applied for a place on ROD’s graduate programme because I was impressed by the amount of time and resources the company invests in the training and development of its graduates.
I am on my first six-month rotation at ROD, and I am working with the transportation team on three national road schemes, namely, the Athy Distributor Road, the Foynes to Limerick Road Improvement and the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road. I’m involved in the accommodation works design, drainage design and road signage design.
In all honesty, transport held little interest for me in college but seeing the real applications in the work environment has altered my perspective.
My experience demonstrates how important it is for graduates to be allowed the time to experience different areas of engineering before deciding upon their preferred discipline.
I’m a graduate of Technological University Dublin (TUD) where I studied structural engineering.
The decision to apply for a place on ROD’s graduate programme was easy for me because, having previously undertaken a student placement at ROD, I had a good insight into the range and scale of the projects graduates get involved in here.
I started the graduate programme a few months ago, and I have already worked on a wide variety of projects that have tested my skills and knowledge. I’ve had plenty of support, but I’ve also been given my fair share of responsibility, which means I am learning on the job each and every day.
ROD encourages all its team to continue developing their skills, so CPD courses are regularly scheduled. I have been given lots of opportunities to attend internal lectures, presentations and workshops, in addition to external courses, such as Engineers Ireland’s Certificate in Professional Development.
I’m a graduate of the Polytechnic University of Milan where I studied civil engineering before undertaking a master’s degree in Civil Engineering Transportation Infrastructures.
I’m passionate about transport engineering, and I saw at ROD an opportunity to build on what I’ve learned to date, to challenge myself and enjoy the incredible adventure that is engineering.
From day one at the company, I’ve had the chance to show my strengths and tackle exciting new projects. I’ve also been motivated to take on greater responsibilities and work hard to deliver to the best of my ability.
ROD is an innovative, multicultural company, with a firm focus on attention to detail. I’m looking forward to developing a rewarding career here.
Meet our mentors
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.
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.
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.