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DIT-led initiative on building engineering

Ciara Ahern, Head of Building Engineering, DIT

The urgent need for building engineering graduates has resulted in key industry players joining forces with the ACEI and DIT to promote the Level-8 building engineering course being delivered by DIT in Bolton St. Among the companies supporting the initiative are Jones Engineering, Sirus, Haughton & Young, Designer Group, Ethos, Varmings, Axis, Dornans, OCSC, Metec, Homan O’Brien and Cundall & Partners.

The DIT-led initiative is spearheaded by Ciara Ahern, Head of Building Engineering at DIT and comprises a dynamic advertising and PR campaign taking in all media formats, from traditional print and radio through to Facebook and other online platforms.

In announcing the campaign Ciara highlighted the immense potential for career development in the area, pointing out that the discipline isn’t very well understood, but that it is now at the vanguard of a new engineering revolution that is key to meeting global climate change targets.

She also detailed the excellent career opportunities it presents, stating that building engineers are the highest paid engineers in the construction sector, earning a starting salary that is typically €5,000 more than other graduates”.

Jim Curley, Group Chief Executive at Jones Engineering Group, said: “DIT is an innovator in the building engineering discipline and we are delighted to support the Institute’s campaign. There is a shortage of graduates with the building engineering skills needed by industry and all sectors should actively get behind this initiative.

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How Jones Engineering has Embraced LEAN

Simon Watson, Team Development, Jones Engineering

Simon Watson, Team Development, Jones Engineering

The following quote from the Toyota Motor Company reinforces this statement: “At Toyota we get brilliant results from average people managing a brilliant process. Others get average results from brilliant people managing broken processes.”

With this in mind we at Jones Engineering, utilising our long history  of training and developing people have fostered and implemented new ideas throughout the business in key areas which support our continued expansion. In doing so we have totally embraced the LEAN concept and find that it has considerably contributed to the development of both our employees and the company.

“A Better Way” – Suggestion box scheme                                                                          Our company has close to 2,500 employees each of whom is an expert in the daily operations they carry out. In order to harness all this expertise, we introduced a suggestion box scheme to allow them propose improvements in their own work areas. All suggestions are reviewed locally on each project and, for any that are implemented, the employee is rewarded with a gift voucher (we have had 32 winners to date).

Every suggestion (successful or otherwise) receives a response and an explanation why it was either possible, or not possible, to implement. In order to further encourage this we introduced a monthly newsletter called LEAN Times.

LEAN Times                                                                                                                                                                 Three years ago, when we introduced “A Better Way”, we were receiving that many suggestions that we were struggling to respond in a timely manner to everyone who had contributed. In order to improve this process we then established the

LEAN Times. Updating all staff across every project and office on a monthly basis has proved a great way of sharing new ideas, and celebrating the success and innovation of each of our winners. We have had 48 editions of our newsletter to date!

LEAN Steering group                                                                                                                                                    In order to coordinate the introduction of innovations across Jones Engineering Group as a whole, we set up a steering group with a representative from each of the companies attending. This has given us another outlet for generating and sharing ideas and helps to ensure that all companies within the group develop simultaneously.

Continuing education                                                                                                                                            To start off our LEAN journey we recruited the help and guidance of an expert consultant. We ran multiple workshops designed to introduce various levels of staff to the fundamental principles of LEAN, and to raise peoples’ awareness of how to use these to make systems better.

We then realised that to be self-sufficient in this area we needed to increase our internal expertise. We looked for in-house volunteers who  has strong connections with LEAN Construction Ireland (LCI) and recently sponsored the latest LCI event at the Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Grand Canal Square. Representatives from all the major players across the construction industry were present.

The theme for the evening was “People are our greatest assets. How can we maximise their potential?

See the full report on Pages 39 to 41 of the current issue of Building Services News which can be freely accessed by clicking on the Cover of the magazine right.