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Peter LaComber, Consulting Engineer
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.
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.
My engineering degree course was the most important foundation for my job.
Since then, I have found the Project Managemet and Problem Solving course very practical and useful.
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.