Shannon Dockree: Becoming a specialist in water engineering
Farrans is proud to join Uisce Éireann and industry partners on a collaborative graduate programme, the only of its kind in Ireland, allowing participants to become true specialists in the water engineering space. Shannon Dockree has joined Farrans as part of this programme.
Tell me about the Graduate Programme you are taking part in?
This is a new specialised graduate programme within the Water Services Industry. The aim of the programme is to give participants a unique opportunity to become involved in three organisations throughout the year. I will work with Uisce Éireann, Farrans and Jacobs in 8 month rotating stints. This programme gives you experience working with the client, contractor, and consultancy and it provides a more rounded perspective of the water industry.
What was your background?
I did a degree in Business at CIT (now MTU) in Cork and then completed my Masters in Environmental Economics at the University of Galway. After I graduated I worked in London for 6 months with a consultancy.
What have you learned so far as part of the programme?
My position with Farrans is the first in my rotation. I wouldn’t have previously considered that I could work as part of a civil engineering contractor. Everything is new and it is great to have this hybrid experience with a consultant, in house and with a contractor.
What is your role with Farrans?
I am currently working with Farrans to deliver the Cork City Water Supply Scheme on behalf of Uisce Éireann. This involves delivering three planned strategic water supply upgrade projects, working in partnership with Cork City Council. My role covers health and safety, environment, risk and auditing. The on-site experience is very useful and you get to see the project progressing every day. It has given me a new perspective as well, having previously come from a client side role.