Antoinette Rourke – Programme Director & Lecturer, Department of the Built Environment

  • Speakers Bio:

    Antoinette Rourke, M.Sc., P.Grad. Dip.  L&T, B.Sc. Hons, ICIOB.:  I am a lecturer in the Department of the Built Environment within the School of Engineering at Dundalk Institute of Technology, since September 2000.  I am a qualified Building Surveyor and I hold a Masters in Planning & Development as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching.  My first employment was with a small company in Dundalk that delivered an IT/CAD service to the many AEC & Construction businesses in the town.  I currently deliver modules in a number of areas including Planning & Development – Built Environment & Tourism, Strategic & Environmental Services, Drawing & Design Practice, Construction Specification, as well as acting as a supervisor in final stage Construction Technology Projects as well as Building Surveying projects and dissertations.

    I have been the First Year Convenor for the B.Sc. in Construction Technology since September 2011 and I am currently the Programme Director for the Certificate in Building Information Modelling at DkIT, a Level 6 Special Purpose Award designed to upskill those wishing to work in this area of the Construction Sector.   I have a passion for education at all levels but have a keen interest in encouraging more people into the many careers available in the Construction Sector.

    Teaching Experience & Areas of Expertise:

    2000 – Present – Dundalk Institute of Technology  – Planning & Development – Management and Control, Strategic & Environmental Services,  Building & Land Surveying,  IT for Construction & Building Surveying – AutoCAD & BIM, Construction Drawing and Design Practice, Sustainable Refurbishment, Building Adaptation and Re-use, Construction & Building Technology, Materials Technology

    May 2013 – Visiting Lecturer – FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria (Erasmus Teaching Mobility) – Planning & Development Control in Ireland and Austria, Strategic & Environmental Services

    Research Experience and Interests/Other:   Action Research in learning & teaching in the Built Environment incl. Technology Enhanced Learning, BIM – Building Information Modelling and Lean Construction, Sustainable Planning & Development:  Spatial Planning, Aspects of Irish Planning Law – e.g. Planning Enforcement and the role of Planning in Sustainable Development & Refurbishment

    In my work as a lecturer I regularly liaise with external professional bodies including, The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).  I am currently a member of the Eastern Committee of the CIOB in Ireland and have just started the process of completing my professional review.  Members of the Eastern committee of the CIOB include a cross-section of those involved in the construction industry and higher education.

    I have planned, organised and facilitated a project entitled ‘Guiding Girls into Engineering’ event for the past three years in collaboration with and the help of four colleagues, two from the Department of Engineering Trades and two from the Centre of Renewable Energy, where 24 IGG girl guides visit and attend three workshops in plumbing, electrical and renewable energy at the labs at DkIT.  This is an initiative to introduce girls from the age of 10 years old to the more ‘hands-on’ careers in Construction and Engineering including, trades and apprenticeships.

    In response to an initiative to encourage school leavers to consider an education and a career in the Built Environment,  I have written two small articles which were published in the Dundalk Democrat (December 2014)-  “Jobs for Graduates of DkIT” and the Careers in Construction Supplement of the ‘Construction’ magazine (CIF, 2015) – “Demand for Construction Professionals and Apprentices Growing”.

    Presentation Title :

    Skills Shortage in the Construction Sector – Bridging the Gap

    Presentation Synopsis:

    This presentation will present the findings from a review of the many reports on the current skills shortages within the Construction Sector and the potential risk to the sector’s recovery should this gap continue.  A road map will be provided for those interested in a career within the sector, providing options for those who are already working in the sector and wish to up-skill, as well as those who are seeking to start out with their education in construction.

    The presentation will conclude with an overview of a programme entitled ‘Guiding Girls into Engineering’ developed and delivered at Dundalk Institute of Technology since 2014, which aims to introduce girls to the potential careers in the Construction and Engineering sector, including professional careers, trades and apprenticeships.

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