CRH is a diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products.
CRH plc recruits individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the Company.
CRH plc are interested in graduates from all disciplines including Business, Accountancy, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics including those with post graduate or masters qualifications.
Peter LaComber graduated from UCD as a Mechanical Engineer and is working as a Senior Consulting Engineer for Irish Cement. He has held a variety of roles over the last 11 years in the company and is now Plant Liaison Manager for the Kiln 3 construction project in Drogheda.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Choosing Science and Maths subjects in School.
Taking an Engineering Degree in College.
A variety of roles within Irish Cement, including Maintenance Engineer, Quarry Engineer Project Engineer, Travel to Ukraine to assist with design of Coal and Kiln Project, Secondment to CRH for the Sarbanes Oxley 404 Compliance Project (Finance), Travel to US on audit assignment and my current Role
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
Every day generally presents different challenges and therfore no two days are the same. Weekly projects and operations meetings are the routine pieces in between. Currently, with the ongoing construction of the new factory line, decisions may be required quickly on numerous issues for work to progress on the many construction sites within the factory. Other issues may require careful consideration as to their likely impacts going forward and are therefore more long term.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
My main responsibilities are:
Plant liason for the kiln 3 construction project. This involves working closely with the project team to resolve all interface issues between the project delivery and the existing running plant. (Practically full-time at present).
I am also responsible for plant civil/infrastructure maintenance. This would involve implementation of any necessary works for plant infrastructure upkeep including the selection and supervision of the contractors who carry out any work.
What are the main challenges?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I chose Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing as my optional subjects for the Leaving Certificate with a view to choosing an engineering course at third level.
These subjects certainly helped with first year in college as I had a foundation in those subjects to build on.
In hindsight, I would have chosen Applied Maths over Technical Drawing as the engineering course had a significant Applied Maths content.
Overall, I feel my subject choices were appropriate for my career choice.
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I have completed a number of courses during my career with CRH, some are listed below:Kepner-Tregoe - Project Management Workshop - 3 days FAS Safepass - Health and Safety - 1 day Emergency Training Services Limited - Introduction to Health and Safety - 1 day IEI/CIF/HSA - Safety on Construction Projects – Seminar - 1 day CRH/Irish Management Institute - Young Managers Programme - 1 week Irish Industrial Explosives - Quarry Shot Firing (EPIC certified) - 1 week Irish Management Institute - Newly Appointed Managers Programme - 3 weeks Enterprise Management Associates - Persuasive Business Proposals - Development, structuring and presenting business ideas - 2 days Kepner-Tregoe - Analytic Trouble Shooting - Problem Identification and Solving - 3 days Presentation & Communication Skills - 2 days I intend to continue training/upskilling as necessary.