Aaron’s career is soaring in Dubai – here’s how he did it

first_imgAaron Mc Daid is a Principal Fire Engineer working on one of the tallest structures in the world. His impressive career is reaching new heights in the Middle East – the Gulf of Dubai – and it all began at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) in Donegal.The Galway native left school before completing his Junior Certificate but has undertaken quite a journey since then. He now provides fire engineering design services for some of the world’s most challenging projects.Aaron began his third level academic journey in LYIT, where he studied for a Higher Certificate in Construction. From 2006 to 2010, he gained a Higher Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering. Previously, Aaron had worked in the construction industry after leaving school. He discovered a special interest in 3D-CAD (Computer-aided design) and was motivated to complete his Post Leaving Certificate in Galway. This enabled him to apply to LYIT.Aaron explained “The path I travelled was a little bit different from the standard but I learnt a lot along the way. LYIT was a natural choice for me as a lot of my family members had attended there in years gone by and the opportunities for progression into higher qualification there is without a doubt second to none” he said.Aaron gained a strong base of technical knowledge and skills throughout his four years studying at LYIT.“The Fire Safety Engineering degree is in my opinion one of the best Fire Engineering Degrees internationally, it offers a wide range of skills, in particular fire dynamics and computer modelling. “As technology improves so does building design, clients and architects want to have more exciting structures and continue to push the boundaries. Fire Safety Engineering is an essential part of this process which make these kind of specialist skills very valuable in the right hands” Aaron said.After graduating, Mc Daid worked as a Fire Prevention Officer in the Donegal Fire Service. He was then recruited to London and rose through the ranks of a large infrastructure firm before being head hunted for an opportunity in Dubai with a well-known multinational consultancy firm.Aaron has since joined Design Confidence in Dubai and has a prominent role on the leadership team, where he manages a team of 16 engineers. Design Confidence provides Fire and Life Safety services for complex structures such as super high rise towers and sports stadiums. “In the middle east, a 300m tall tower is considered average”, Mc Daid said.These monumental projects require strong levels of expertise, having a grasp of which Aaron attributes to his time at LYIT. “LYIT gave me the opportunity I needed to kick start my career as a young professional for which I will be forever grateful. Studying Fire Engineering in LYIT gave me a strong technical base to tackle any problem head on. I believe the essence of third level education to be split into two parts, acquiring technical skills and how to think about a problem objectively. My time in LYIT provided me with both,” he said.Specialising in Fire and Life Safety Engineering has presented Aaron with many exciting opportunities. He has published several scientific papers and presented at various academic conferences related to fire safety science and infrastructure design worldwide. He has also guest lectured at LYIT and Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague on topic fire safety engineering. Aaron developed strong academic skills and gained social opportunities throughout his years of study in Donegal. “Anybody who is considering third level education or currently in a programme should not be afraid to work hard and go the extra mile” he said.“These days with a competitive employment environment, it is important to distinguish yourself from others with a positive, proactive attitude and a firm commitment to meet goals and objectives,” Aaron said.Would you like follow Aaron’s inspiring story and build a career in the construction industry? Here is how to lay the foundations of success with the LYIT: For information about all LYIT courses and admissions, visit www.lyit.ie, email [email protected] or telephone 074 918 6000 The closing date for CAO applications is on 1 February 2017, at 5.15pm.Aaron’s career is soaring in Dubai – here’s how he did it was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aaron McDaidDesign ConfidenceDubaieducationLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: APPRENTICE JOANNE SURVIVES, SHE WINS 3-DAY TRIP TO LANZAROTE!

first_imgUPDATED: DONEGAL businesswoman Joanne Sweeney-Burke tonight won the latest battle in The Apprentice….and won a three-day trip to the sun.So she did pack her bags…for a luxury holiday.Her Spirit team’s disastrous TV ad for an online food ordering website was blasted as awful by Bill Cullen and his team. Bill took on Downings woman Joanne over failure in the task despite not having filled in a story board – and having a qualification in directing TV ads!“Both ads were disappointing, you used domestic situation, anyone could do it,” blasted Bill.Team Zest lost because their advert was even worse!And when Bill gave Joanne and her team news of their prize, he said there was a feeling that they were so bad that he should have gone on the holiday. They stupidly used a telephone scene in the advert for ordering online!Tonight’s show featured Joanne and Conor fighting the bit out over who should direct and run their TV commercial.However Conor was told that the camera crew had said he had given the most relevant instructions.Over the weekend Sweeney-Burke, 36, had posted a message on Facebook saying she would be packing her bags on Monday.It turns out that it was for a free holiday in the sun. Restaurant owner Sandra was fired! She cried her eyes out as she was driven off.And when she failed to turn up at The Apprentice house afterwards, Joanne burst into tears crying “Oh my God.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: APPRENTICE JOANNE SURVIVES, SHE WINS 3-DAY TRIP TO LANZAROTE! was last modified: December 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe ApprenticeTV3last_img read more