Paul Martin, SEAI Programme Manager and CIBSE Ireland Chairman
Looking back to his Leaving Cert subjects — accounting, geography and business studies — Paul comments that they weren’t “traditional” engineering subjects but his interest in engineering was evident from an interest in how things worked … much to the detriment of his sister’s CD player. From his Level 6 Higher Cert, Paul progressed onto a level 7 add-on and, from there, he went to the UK to do further studies.
“Now that that the economy and construction are picking up“, notes Paul, “and there is a huge demand for building service engineering graduates and says that, compared with traditional engineering qualifications, building services engineers are paid more.”
Paul is now a Chartered Engineer and Programme Manager for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and in charge of Technical Standards Development. “My day to day job is developing standards that will insure that we will live in a more sustainable country, and in influencing other EU countries to follow our lead,” he explains.
In 2017 he was elected Chairperson of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Ireland Region. “This position will allow me to help influence our members (and beyond) in the latest and greatest engineering developments.”
“I am a very proud graduate of WIT and I was delighted to see the standard of the course held high (20 years on) when I judged the Building Services Student Awards last year in WIT. The lecturers always had time for their students and in particular were always helpful when I couldn’t get my head around some of the aspects of the course.
“I couldn’t recommend the Building Services course in WIT more. I know talking to employers that graduates from WIT are held in high esteem”, concluded.
Related Courses in WIT
Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering
Paul Martin (left), newly-elected Chairman of CIBSE Ireland being congratulated by outgoing Chairman Brian West
The annual general meeting of CIBSE Ireland was held recently in the Sandymount Hotel in Dublin. Outgoing Chairman Brian West reported on the successful year and summarised events held throughout the latter end of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.
These included 24 CPD events at various locations throughout the country, along with the Irish Lighter Awards, the membership briefing, WIT and DIT student awards, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering student awards, the SDAR Awards, the Pat Benson lecture and the Annual Christmas Lunch.
New Chairman Paul Martin and Vice Chairman Damien Flynn were elected, along with a new committee for 2016/17, including some fresh faces. The formalities concluded with a meal, networking and social interaction.
The new committee will work on the forthcoming programme of events over the summer months but the season will kick off with the CIBSE Ireland annual golf outing at Castlewarden Golf & Country Club on Friday, 1 September next. Main sponsor is Heat Merchants Group but there are also other sponsorship opportunities.
For details, and to enter a team, log on to http://www.cibseireland.org/
Team Hevac/Origen, overall winners of the CIBSE YEN five-a-side football tournament 2017, pictured with Derek Duff, C&F Quadrant (sponsor), Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland Chairman and Adam Dent, Tournament Organiser.
Now in its third year, the annual CIBSE YEN five-a-side football tournament has become firmly fixed in the Institution’s calendar of events, with approximately 50 participants representing seven teams participating this year.
While the spirit of the competition is one of fun and good-natured rivalry, the desire to win soon takes over with some of the games becoming fiercely contested. That said, once teams leave the pitch all the niggles, slights and individual battles are soon forgotten.
Congratulations to tournament organiser Adam Dent and his YEN colleague Aaron Brogan, and of course a big thank you to Derek Duff and C&F Quadrant, who generously sponsored the event.
Finally, well done to all the players. Their respective performances were brave (or foolhardy), given that the temperature when the games commenced was in the early twenties. Winners on the night were Team Hevac/Origen.
After the presentation of the trophy everyone adjourned to the Metro Bar for food, refreshments, some teasing and networking.
Team Homan O’Brien
Team JV Tierney