Two Civil Engineering graduates from North West Regional College (NWRC) have been shortlisted for a prestigious Plant and Civil Engineering Student Award. Derek Kelly and Graeme Black, who graduated from NWRC with a Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering, have made it into the final eight of the All Ireland award, sponsored by global giant, Topcon.Both students impressed their Lecturers at the college and their employers on placement with their dedication to the field of Civil Engineering. Derek said his interest in Civil Engineering came about through his travels to cities including London, New York, and Dubai. He said: “My time at North West Regional College has given me theoretical knowledge that gave me a great insight into the construction industry and practical skills through 400 hours of industrial placement with Farran’s construction. “Thanks to working with likeminded and supportive colleagues here I have felt motivated and valued in my job role learning so much on a daily basis.” Graeme Kelly said every day as a Civil Engineer is completely different. He added: “Enrolling in the Foundation Degree was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My eyes have been opened to a profession that I believe will offer me great job satisfaction. Civil Engineers hold an important role in the development of societies by their involvement in the designing and building pieces of key infrastructure.” John Logue, Curriculum Manager for the Built Environment at North West Regional College described Graeme and Derek as “exceptional” students. He added: “Derek and Graeme have been outstanding showing great leadership and engineering capabilities, I am delighted with their performance to date. “The success of both students underlines the ability of NWRC to accommodate those who wish to successfully pursue a career in the construction professions of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Building Management.” The winner will be revealed at a gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast on Thursday, November 22. The Topcon award is open to students working in a civil engineer environment or other associated activities within the construction sector. Each applicant had to demonstrate a high degree of dedication and commitment to their profession and industry with a clear focus on particular career path detailing their current and future goals.For more information on Civil Engineering and Construction courses at NWRC please log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk/apply
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