Centre of Craft Studies

Listed by trade, here are the skills excellence award winners in the Centre of Craft Studies.

Skills Excellence Awards: Metal Fabrication  Electrical

Noel Ryan

Noel Ryan

Best Apprentice in Metal Fabrication

I began my career in Metal Fabrication in OMC Technologies in Ballysimon, Limerick. I spent five years there and completed my apprenticeship with this company. I specialised in manufacturing feature stairs,railings and structural steel. I am currently self-employed. I design and fabricate agricultural machinery.

Sponsor: Irish Oxygen Ltd
Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy

Best Apprentice in Electrical

I am currently a 4th year apprentice for ESB Networks based in Wilton, Cork. As part of my apprenticeship I work with various qualified network technicians that carry out maintenance and new works on the transmission and distribution system.

Sponsor: ESB Networks

Skills Excellence Awards: Construction Plant Fitting  Light Vehicle

Pauric Reilly

Pauric Reilly

Best Apprentice in Construction Plant Fitting

I am currently working in Boliden Tara Mines which is an underground lead and zinc mine. My role here is preventative and corrective maintenance of the mines fleet of mobile equipment.

Sponsor: ECI JCB
Gary Fitzgerald

Gary Fitzgerald

Best Apprentice in Light Vehicle

I work as a motor mechanic at Maunsells Garage Castlegregory Co.Kerry . Main duties include carrying out work to the highest standard from generally servicing to advanced diagnostics across all car manafacture makes and models.

Sponsor: Munster Tool Company

Skills Excellence Awards: Pipefitting  Carpentry & Joinery

Tiernan Hoey

Tiernan Hoey

Best Apprentice in Pipefitting

I am currently employed with Spectac International Ltd. My role as a pipefitter consists of reading of P&ID drawings, measuring, fitting, welding and installing. I am also involved in the completion of commissioning of process pipe work in the distilling, brewing, dairy, food, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries.

Sponsor: Irish Oxygen Ltd
Stephen O’Connor

Stephen O’Connor

Best Apprentice in Carpentry
& Joinery

I work for Mick Robinson Building Contractor. My responsibilities are to carry out all carpentry and general building tasks. I am responsible for first and second fixing of houses, which includes roofing, stud walls, door frames, doors, skirting, architrave, window boards, as well as groundworks and concrete onsite.

Sponsor: High-Tech Machinery

Skills Excellence Awards: Plumbing  Plastering

Neculai Damoc

Neculai Damoc

Best Apprentice in Plumbing

I am currently employed as a 4th year apprentice plumber with Alan Casey, Director of Mech-Tech Innovation. I am working across various commercial and domestic projects in Dublin.

Sponsor: Pipe Tool Services & Supplies
Robert McMahonn

Robert McMahon

Best Apprentice in Plastering

I am a Private in the Irish Defence Forces. Both my father and uncle are plasterers and when the opportunity arose to become a plasterer through the Army I grabbed it with both hands. I work on all types of plastering and I have been involved in restoration work in Leinster House. I really enjoy the craft of plastering and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and win this award.

Sponsor: Gyproc Ireland

Skills Excellence Award: Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting

Stephen O’Keeffe

Stephen O’Keeffe

Best Apprentice in Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting

I am employed by the Irish Defence Forces. My job entails carrying out inspections , repairs and maintenance on all small arms such as pistols, rifles, machine guns ,mortars and grenade launchers. I also carry out general metal fabrication projects on mounts , storage and security cells.

Sponsor: AR Brownlow Ltd