Trainee Profiles

Darren Hamilton – 2012 Scheme

Darren Hamilton Academic History: MEng degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering – QUB

Why you joined the scheme?

One of the main reasons I applied for the scheme was the focus on training and development and the range of opportunities available to the trainees. Having previously worked in a different engineering background, I was attracted by the opportunity on the scheme to enhance my engineering knowledge in different specialist areas whilst continuing to develop my interpersonal and management skills.

What you bring to the scheme:

For the past 7 years I've been working within the Rail industry in a variety of different roles as Client and Contractor on a range of different projects. I hope that my previous experience working on multi-disciplinary projects and will be of benefit to the work I will be involved with. I feel I have good team working skills and an ability to approach and resolve problems calmly and take ownership of work I've been tasked to complete. I hope that these are abilities I will use throughout the scheme. I also feel that my enthusiasm and desire to learn will be of benefit to me throughout the scheme.


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Philip Bleakley – 2012 Scheme

Philip Bleakley Academic History: BEng Hons in Energy and Building Services Engineering

Why you joined the scheme?

I have joined the HSC graduate scheme as I am excited about the rewarding and challenging environment which is provided by health and social care and see this as a fantastic opportunity to develop my career.

What you bring to the scheme:

To date I have spent over three years working for the Co-operative group this has given me the chance to spend time working with the general public. I also spent a year working with the engineering consultancy Bennett Robertson Design as a year out trainee building services engineer, this taught me the challenges and technical requirements needed in the field of engineering


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Peter McConaghie – 2011 Scheme

Peter McConaghie Academic History: Graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Masters in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MEng).

Why you joined the scheme?

I joined the scheme as it had good emphasis on training, something I value highly. Another attractive aspect was the help given to achieve chartered status in your relevant field.

What you bring to the scheme:

My experience to date has been a mixture of design engineering and project management, working as a student in both Wright bus and Translink for a total of 21 months. This has been a valuable part of my development and I find I am able to bring the skills learned in industry into my current role.

Your placements to date:

To date I have been placed in Antrim hospital estates department. The majority of my work is in Antrim however I have also gained experience working in Whiteabbey hospital and the surrounding community. My responsibilities include the management of Minor capital works and projects within the estates department.

The best bit of the scheme for you:

Learning about new areas of engineering (Steam, Medical gas, Legionella, Gas, HVAC)


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Ciarán Kelly – 2010 Scheme

Ciarán Kelly Academic History: 2.2 BEng Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ulster, BEng degree in Civil Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology.

Work Experience: Project Engineer with BSG Civil Engineering Contractors; Mechanical Engineer / Estimator with Plan Group Inc; Site Foreman/Engineer with Contract Interiors Plus; Project Engineer (Mechanical Building Services) with O’Shea Leader Consulting Engineers; Junior Project Engineer with JB Barry & Partners; Engineering Assistant with the Northern Ireland Roads Service.

Professional Interests/Achievements: I am currently a full member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and hope to gain chartered status by enhancing my professional experiences by enhancing my knowledge of both management and engineering.

What you bring to the scheme: I think that my knowledge and experience to date will provide me with a solid foundation in both resource management and in practical problem solving, on which I can build and develop via this training scheme. I feel that my experience to date has taught me to remain calm in order to obtain a clear and practical approach to problem solving, and I am excited to be afforded the opportunity to work in a challenging environment in which I can further enhance these qualities.

What do you hope to gain from the scheme: I hope that the scheme will provide me with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a wide variety of specialist engineering areas e.g. work with clean air systems etc. I hope that the tutoring and mentoring process employed by the scheme will also afford me the opportunity to develop my interpersonal skills in man management and as a result will enable me to enhance my career in a management role.

Where are you going to be working: I am placed in the Northern Trust (Antrim and Causeway areas).

Personal & Leisure Interests/Relevant achievements: I am particularly interested in sport and spend much of my leisure time participating in sports events. I regularly play both Gaelic football as well as 5 a side soccer. I am also keenly interested in Thaiboxing, training a number of times each week and in the past have represented my country in international bouts and competitions.

Closing Statement: I look forward to furthering my professional career within Health and Social Care and hope to further develop as both an engineer and in a management role. I look forward to the new and exciting challenges both in terms of the services that I will be immersed in and in terms of meeting and working within new teams and with the different professional specialisms.


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Steven Johnston - 2010 Scheme

Steven Johnston Academic History: 2:1 (Hons) – Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh University

Work experience: Caldwell Consulting (October 2009 – August 2010) – Graduate building services engineer (mechanical); Max Fordham Consulting Engineers (January 2008 – August 2008) - Student placement engineer; Michelin Tyre plc (June 2005 – August 2007) – Summer job (shift worker)

What you bring to the scheme: I think I will bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I feel that I have good people skills as well as a broad engineering knowledge and I look forward to utilising both of these.

What you hope to gain from scheme: During the course of the two year scheme I hope to learn as much as possible about healthcare engineering and the Southern Trust as a whole. I also hope to get some experience in management and become a more balanced engineer.

Where you are going to be working: I have been assigned to the Southern Trust and will be based at Craigavon Area Hospital.

Personal & Leisure interests/relevant achievements: I am a bit of a sports fanatic so when I’m not playing rugby or football I will be watching some form of sport on the TV. I am very passionate about music having played the drums since I was 14 and I love going to live gigs. I also enjoy reading and going to the cinema.

Closing statement: I am very much looking forward to starting my new role within health and social care and facing all the challenges that will come with it. I recognise that this is an excellent opportunity to give my professional career the best possible start and I fully intend to make the most of it.


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