University of Porto, Portugal and VIA University College for one semestre in Denmark.
Master in Civil Engineering
I've worked in a company in Portugal called FASE, moved to Ireland to work for Glan Agua and am now in Arup for nearly 2 years.
Design Engineer in Water and Wastewater
I work for Arup, a consultancy engineering company. I am currently based in Dublin but we are around 13,000 people worldwide!
Favourite thing to do in engineering: Think about different and inovative solutions
Monday-Friday: Water Engineer ¦ Saturday-Sunday: Travelling the world
I am a young Engineer from Portugal, the sunny country of the west of Europe and moved to Ireland in 2016 for work!
I’ve studied in Portugal and Denmark and am now working in Dublin.
I love to travel and discover new places and cultures! In 2017 and 2018 I was in a plane probably every 3/4 weeks! Sometimes is a bit tiring but very satisfying. There’s no more pleasure in life than knowing what else is out there! I’ve also made a lot of friends when studying in Denmark so I could go to almost any country in Europe and have a friend to visit!
I was also very sporty all my life and did ballet for some years, then switched to gymnastics for four years. I now try to learn some irish dance on my free time (already have my first hard shoes!).
Design Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants (Make sure you have good quality water at home!)
I work on the design of Water and Wastewater Treatment plants. That means that in order to everyone have good quality water in their houses, someone needs to think where is that water coming from, if it needs any kind of treatment and how it is taken to the houses. Once the water is used in the kitchen, bathrooms, etc, it needs again to be taken somewhere. Someone will think about how to clean the dirty water and take it back to the ocean/lakes/rivers without polluting them.
That someone is me. That’s my job, to make sure everyone is getting good water!
My Typical Day
Office from 8-16h30 or Site Visit to an Island in Galway or in some town around Ireland
My typical day can vary a lot depending on the projects I am working on.
I would say that 75% of my days are spent at my desk in the Dublin office where I do a lot of varied things: from replying to loads of emails, getting some phone calls from clients/colleagues, do some design/calculations, go for some meetings – either in a meeting room or by phone if necessary and write a couple of technical reports.
The other 15% are spent on site. As I work with Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants sometimes I need to put some boots and a hard hat on and head somewhere in Ireland and visit a site and meet with the builders. And the weather won’t stop me. I’ve been on site on a snowy day!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, adventurous, happy
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I always loved small house 3D models and always wanted to build one so being an architect or a civil engineer were the ways to go.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geometry, Maths and Chemistry.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that I remember!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I'm old school in a young body - I love the Beatles, Queen...
What's your favourite food?
Pizza or pasta... (But fish fingers are on my top 3 too)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Go to an event at the Australian Embassy in Ireland and end up taking a picture with the Embassador and colleagues on their knees holding a surfing board with me on top. Funny!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Travel the world, Make the world a better place, get unlimited chocolate!