Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering

PUNCH Consulting Engineers is one of Ireland’s leading and most experienced Civil & Structural
Engineering Consultancies. Since 1973, we have grown to be one of the largest Irish-owned
consultancies, with vast experience in multi-disciplinary services including Civil, Environmental,
Structural, Roads & Bridges, Marine & Energy and Conservation. At PUNCH we Engineer Legacies and
are consistent recipients of numerous prestigious Awards across RIAI and ACEI. We have offices in
Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and Glasgow, Scotland.

As part of our civil or building engineering division you will be a valued member of the teams delivering
high profile projects across Ireland. You will develop your skills along with your academic learning to
achieve the professional accreditation of a “Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering Level 6” after 2
years, with the opportunity to advance to “Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering Level 7” after
1 further year of work and study.

About The Role

  •  You will achieve Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6) in Civil Engineering with the
    opportunity to progress to Degree (NFQ Level7)
  • You will develop an aptitude for creating 3-D models and manipulating to 2D in a clear
    and concise manner.
  • You will have a good understanding of REVIT, Civils 3D and AutoCAD, and a desire to
    develop your skills in the use of REVIT, Civils 3D and AutoCAD.
  • You will develop your knowledge in the use of concrete, steel, masonry and timber and
    learn about the design of buildings.
  • You will develop your knowledge in the design and detailing of civil works such as
    drainage, roads and watermains.
  • You will develop a thorough understanding of the standards and codes of practice.
  • You will develop effective communication skills to facilitate written and verbal
    interaction with colleagues, team members, contractors and Clients.
  • You will undertake monitoring with senior staff to ensure compliance with project
    specification and assess / report on receiving environment.
  • You will liaise with engineers to produce models and drawings that accurately reflect the
    engineering design.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend Design / Client / Site meetings accompanied by
    senior staff.
  • You will achieve familiarity and proficiency with PUNCH design philosophy, process and
  • Achieve familiarity with and implement company ISO Procures.
  • You will develop efficient & proactive work practices, thereby contributing to projects that are delivered efficiently, profitably and on programme.

Support for your Apprenticeship

PUNCH will provide full support to their Apprentices; the Civil Engineering Apprenticeship is a blended learning programme. This programme is set out as follows:

  • The Apprentice is a full-time employee of PUNCH.
  • Each apprentice will be assigned an individual mentor who will support you through your
  • We will offer you a structured training programme which will ensure you achieve all the
    objectives as set out by ATU under the apprenticeship scheme.
  • During the academic year the Apprentice attends online classes for 1 day of the week
  • Apprentices will also attend Campus for one additional day per month for laboratory-based
  • There will be a 1-week residential course which will be project-based learning at ATU
  • The remaining 4 days of the week are based in the office where the Apprentice will develop
    their knowledge and skills in the work environment.
  • The Apprentice will keep a workplace diary noting the progress against workplace goals, this
    will be reviewed by their mentor.
  • As well as working on live projects in the office the Apprentice will be set technical projects and assignments to assess their progress.

Key Skills/Attributes

Typically, Apprentices are from one of the following categories:

  • School leaver
  • Graduate/ Undergraduate
  • Career change

The minimum qualifications are as follows:

Leaving Cert Entry

  • A minimum of 5 grades O6/H7 or higher Leaving Certificate subjects.
  • H7 in Higher Level Mathematics, or O6 in Ordinary Level Mathematics, or F2 in Foundation


  • Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • A high level of IT literacy including MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams)
  • Enjoy working as part of a team.
  • A strong work ethic and goal oriented.

What We Offer You

A comprehensive remuneration package is on offer for the successful candidate which includes a
competitive salary. In addition, PUNCH also provides the following remuneration benefits:

  • A competitive salary
  • Annual salary review
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • Family friendly working policies
  • Life Insurance
  • Pension Scheme
  • A highly valued (one to one) mentoring system
  • Training and continued professional development CPD which is accredited by Engineers Ireland
  • Lunch seminars and inhouse subject expert presentations
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Tax saver commuter ticket scheme
  • An active sports and social club subsidized by PUNCH and regular work life balance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Full access to our Bank at Work Service
  • Annual Summer Outing
  • Membership fees to professional bodies such as Engineers Ireland are covered by PUNCH
    where appropriate.
  • Examination and study leave
  • An ISO: 9001 Certified Company with BM Trada for our quality Management System
  • An ISO: 14001 Certified Company with BM Trada for our Environmental Management System

Please note our 2024 Apprentices have the option of working at our Cork or Dublin offices.

If interested in applying for an Apprenticeship with PUNCH Consulting Engineers commencing
September 2024, please submit your CV and a covering letter to

Why Work At PUNCH:

In simple terms, at PUNCH it is our aim to:

  • Develop employees to achieve maximum effectiveness in their current role
  • Develop a flexible and multi-skilled workforce capable of rapid response to changing business needs
  • Develop, motivate and retain our employees
  • Provide skills for future innovations within PUNCH
  • Maximise the knowledge and experience within our organisation and ensure that this knowledge is captured, updated and disseminated effectively
  • Provide equal training opportunities for any staff with disabilities

We strongly encourage our staff to develop and achieve their career aspirations. We are accredited by Engineers Ireland for their CPD programme and work with our staff to progress through the various levels in the relevant Institutions.

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