Construction Engineering & Management P.Keenan Quarries

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    P.Keenan Quarries

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Construction Engineering & Management > Level 6

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  • Location

    35, Rocktown Road, Magherafelt, BT45 8QE

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Job Description

P. Keenan Quarries is a leading Quarrying and Civil Engineering contractor undertaking a wide range of public works across the Northern Ireland.  We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Construction Engineering and Management Apprentice for 2024.

 Job Description

This hands on, site based role will give you the opportunity to train and develop competencies across a wide range of Civil Engineering activities working as part of a team of experienced Civil Engineers.  Training will include time in a range of related departments offering a broader understanding of how the business operates by getting involved in interesting and challenging work as well as site visits to partner organisations and a number of relevant external courses.

This opportunity may be particularly suitable to candidates based within the areas of, or within close driving distance to Antrim, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh.  P. Keenan Quarries will provide transport to the successful candidate.  After initial training you will get responsibility from an early stage in your career and will play a key role in helping deliver projects on time and under budget.  

Responsibilities to include;

  • Ensure all site activities are undertaken in compliance with P. Keenan Quarries policies and procedures

  • Assist with and ensure setting out of works is done on site to the contract drawings.

  • Produce weekly / monthly progress reports as appropriate

  • Communicate programme risks to the management team and maintain records for contractual correspondence

  • Ensure accurate daily records including site diary are maintained and communicated for labour, material and plant, including subcontractors

  • Communicate P. Keenan Quarries policies and procedures to site staff and ensure these are being observed

  • Ensure the management team are kept appraised of variations to the works and any matter likely to have commercial or contractual implications

  • Assist in the management of and direction of Site Staff and Subcontractors

  • Assist in the planning of works

  • Assist in the liaison with Client staff and other project stakeholders including attendance at meetings

Person Specification

Essential Skill Requirements of the candidate:

  • Excellent time keeper

  • Excellent communication & negotiation skills

  • High levels of organisational skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines

  • Excellent numerical, IT and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work in fast-moving environment

  • Ability to work on initiative with minimum supervision

  • Hold a full driving license

Applicable courses

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Construction Engineering & ManagementUlster University



The aim of the Construction Engineering and Management programme is to give graduates the professional skills demanded by major construction companies around the world. Our graduates are seen as qualified to excel in the many disciplines of construction engineering and project management

The effective management of construction projects is vital to the economy and the success of any project relies on decisions made by a professional team at every step of the way. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to be the linchpin in this process.


This highly regarded course will develop your technical and managerial skills through an exciting blend of topics taught by experts. You will learn about the science, technology and materials of buildings, the legal and contractual frameworks applicable to the built environment and the financial, quality and project management of complex construction projects. On this course, you will be learning 'hands-on' with the latest equipment and software used in this exciting and innovative sector

Construction Engineering and Management is accredited by the leading professional body for the sector - CIOB. The construction industry wants our graduates, with offers of employment and prizes for our top performing students. We can boast that 95% of our graduates employed, were in professional management roles within six months of starting work. And our students love us - in 2019 we got 97% student satisfaction for the programme.


HLA Part-time students will normally be expected to attend 1 day per week and to be in their workplace 4 days per week. Attendance in both work and university is closely monitored and is part of the HLA terms of agreement.

Typically 8-10 timetabled hours per week with a mix of lectures, tutorials and practicals taking place between 09.15 am and 5.15 pm, Monday – Friday. Which days will depend on the year of study.

Attendance is (where possible), one day per week around 7 hours of staff contact time and 17 hours self-directed study per week.

Start dates

  • September 2023

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching of the main topics is delivered primarily through lectures, which often include presentations from industry professionals. You will then spend time in smaller group tutorials teasing out the details and gaining a deeper understanding. In labs and in practicals you will use the latest industry specific software and equipment to explore industry practice.

Course materials are made available online, offering you the flexibility to revise at your own pace, where and when suits you. One-to-one sessions with a tutor are provided to guide your progress.

The course is assessed in a number of ways to allow us to provide you with valuable feedback on your progress including class tests, coursework and a formal examination. Generally submissions are made, marked and feedback provided electronically online.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.


Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Academic profile

The Core Construction Team are:

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.


Year one

Introduction to the Built Environment

Year: 1

The module presents a wide-ranging overview of the impact of public & private development, statutory legislation, procurement, building design and construction on UK industry and society. It presents the background to the development of professional and industry norms and also challenges a number of orthodoxies.
Module study includes a review of the roles and responsibilities of property and construction professionals in a complex sector, as well as the nature of professionalism in an era of climate emergency.

Domestic Building Technology

Year: 1

This module provides a general introduction to construction technology with specific emphasis on the sustainable construction of small-scale, low-rise buildings.

The module also introduces the factors that affect and systems that control the internal environment of domestic buildings.

Digital Construction and Communication

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Materials and Structures

Year: 1

This module will provide students with a basic understanding of fundamental material science and a comprehensive understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behaviour of materials used in construction applications. The module will also allow students to identify and describe the form and function of various structural elements, to understand the requirements for strength, stability and performance of structures and structural materials and gives an introduction to the design of structural elements.

Year two

Analytical Methods and Quantification

Year: 2

This module introduces construction quantification (or measurement).

It is designed to enhance numerical and analytical skills and to develop a contextual understanding of construction measurement in practice, the philosophical principles behind measurement and an appreciation of the measurement rule making process.

It will develop from analytical methods to the measurement of simple linear, superficial and cubic generic examples, progressing to the application of measurement of more complex construction related examples and then to the measurement (quantification and description) of simple domestic construction in accordance with NRM2.


Year: 2

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure assests are essential to the Built Environment. This module is designed to facilitate learners in developing a working knowledge of the spatial principles and practices that are essential to the civil engineering, and construction sectors. Necessary skills are obtainable only through practice in application of precise measuring and observation equipment. This module offers significant opportunity to acquire and develop such skills and associated computational and digital methods.

Ethically Aligned Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Year: 2

A design, a workplace, a process or a product reflecting human values, self-determination and agency and technical dependability is one that can truly be hailed as being ethically aligned.

Examining safety, health and wellbeing from a global ethically aligned perspective, this module addresses international protocols, demonstrating how they impact upon local regulation and professional practice. In the process students will develop an understanding of the concept that designs must be such that they can be built, used, maintained and eventually demolished in a safe and healthy manner, while enhancing the lives of the workforce and wider society.

Through a series of problem-based learning activities students put these concepts into practice.

Building Design

Year: 2

This module enhances the understanding of structural design of sub-structures, super-structures, and their elements made from; timber, steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and aims to develop an awareness of the design and production imperatives involved in practical construction situations. Teaching methods include lectures supported by tutorials.

Year three

Commercial Building Technology

Year: 3

The module enhances the understanding of functions, principles and sustainable methods in the design and construction of buildings, and develops greater awareness of the role of building technology and its interactive nature. Teaching methods include lectures supported by tutorials and case studies.

Quantification and Costing of construction works

Year: 3

The modern day quantity surveyor / commercial manager is increasingly utilising computer applications to quantify and cost construction works. This role is of vital importance to the survival of any construction organisation seeking not only to grow and diversify, but to survive in a competitive market. The module learning provides a detailed understanding of how construction cost estimates are prepared and how strategic tendering procedures are implemented. The measurement undertaken within this module will further develop the contextual understanding of measurement in practice and the philosophical principles behind the the New Rules of Measurement (NRM2) and the important relationship between measurement and cost in construction.

Construction Law

Year: 3

This module defines the legal framework within which the operation and administration of building contracts is undertaken. The legal system, the law of contract and the law of tort as they relate to the production of the building project are described and examined. Statutory and regulatory legislations, contract strategy and contractual procedures are analysed and discussed. The rights, duties, liabilities and obligations of the parties to the building contract as dictated by a standard form of building contract are evaluated to enable professional contract management.

Production Management in Construction

Year: 3

The increasing complexity of construction projects demands a significant change in the way the industry operates and in the way in which it is managed. This module aims to equip students with a range of specialist management knowledge and skills; adapted and applied within a construction management context. The module brings together the three components of operations, site and personnel management to provide a range of skills, which encompass the field of construction management. The student will develop a sound knowledge of the workings of an organisation and as a result be able to play their part in optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of a construction company.

Year four

Building Performance and Regulation

Year: 4

This module investigates the performance requirements of buildings, including environmental impacts and the technology required to ensure that the requirements are met.

The influence of building regulations and construction codes on the achievement of performance requirements is evaluated.

Construction Project Management

Year: 4

This module develops a thorough understanding by the students regarding the project development process from inception to completion building on the content of prerequisite modules. The use of formal management systems in directing resources for successful projects is examined in detail, and students are provided with opportunities to relate these to real projects. Students are introduced to a wide range of complex principles and practices related to the management of construction projects. A range of teaching and learning methods is adopted, with a focus on classroom interaction and on real-life, student-centred activities.

Year five

Research and Dissertation A

Year: 5

This module enables the student to identify and undertake an independent in-depth research study of an area of particular significance relating to the course of study. With guidance, students are responsible for developing research aim and objectives, critically evaluating reference material, and selecting the appropriate methods to achieve the research aim. This module is a mechanism that underwrites and supports evaluative skills, logical thought, and the ability to communicate effectively in terms of verbal and written material. The remainder of the research and dissertation is carried out during a semester 2 module, Research and Dissertation B (BEN511).

Research and Dissertation B

Year: 5

This module follows BEN510 and facilitates students in developing creative, critical evaluative and analytic research skills to enable students to undertake empirical data collection, perform appropriate data analysis, critically discuss findings that will lead to justifiable recommendations and conclusions based upon contemporary research and professional practices.

Contractor Bid Management

Year: 5

This module shall enhance your knowledge of the multi-criteria approach used by clients/contracting authorities during the procurement/tender process. It will also give you valuable insight into the relationship between contractor qualification based proposals and the client evaluation process. Additionally this module will develop your practical skills in developing competitive proposals using the pre-qualification and invitation to tender process. You will have an in-depth understanding of the criteria your bid team is required to meet to qualify to the tender stage. You shall use your teams bid strategy and acquired professional bid writing skills to submit a quality/price tender document.

Green Building Design

Year: 5

This module will allow students to understand and critically appraise the factors affecting energy consumption in buildings enabling them to explore a wide range of low energy options in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. This will enable them to reduce the auxiliary energy load of any renewable energy solutions that may be considered while appreciating the main hazards to health in modern building designs.


BSc (Hons)

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Ulster University


18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

A level

BBC; or

BCC including one form Maths or Physics at grade B

A Level Essential:

One from Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Technology (including Environmental Technology, Environmental Science, Digital Technology, Technology & Design, Design & Technology), Life and Health Sciences (single or double award), Applied Science, Geography or ICT.

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering.
Award profile of DMM to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering/Adv Manufacturing Engineering
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering/Adv Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DMM to include a Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Mathematical Calculations for Science or Mathematical Tools in Science.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering/Adv Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DMM to include a Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics.

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering/Adv Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DMM to include a Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics.

RQF (2019) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering.
(These qualifications will only be accepted as meeting the subject requirement if the Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction is taken as a standalone unit or they will be accepted as grade only if accompanied by one A level which must be from the listed A level subjects).

RQF (2016) Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering.
(These qualifications will only be accepted as meeting the subject requirement if the Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction is taken as a standalone unit or they will be accepted as grade only if accompanied by one A level which must be from the listed A level subjects).

If an applicant is presenting A levels from the required A level subjects then no units are required in the BTEC qualifications.

If an applicant is presenting A level Mathematics then no units are required in the BTEC qualifications.

The subject requirement must be met.

Please note that OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications do not satisfy the subject requirements for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels and BTEC qualifications in the required subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 UCAS Tariff Points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher Level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Course Specific Subject requirements

This course also requires you to achieve H3 in one subject from Physics, Maths, Technology, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering. If Mathematics is not passed at H3, you will be required to achieve a minimum of H6 if studied at Higher Level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

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Scottish Highers

BBCCC to include grade B in Mathematics, Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering.

Scottish Advanced Highers

CCD to include grade C in Mathematics, Physics, Technology, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering.

International Baccalaureate

Overall profile is minimum 25 points (12 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in HL Maths and one other HL science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 63% to include 63% in each of the level 3 modules and to include 40% in NICATS level 2 Maths for Year 1 entry. Access Course (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course) in a Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering subject area.

Overall profile of 15 credits at Distinction/ 30 credits at Merit (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course) in a Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering subject area.


For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Physical Science grade C, 4 (single/double award Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Technology, Geography, ICT).

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 75 level 4 credits at Distinction for year one entry in a Construction subject area.

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 45 level 5 credits at Distinction for year 2 entry in a Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Engineering subject area.

Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in Construction Engineering or Construction Engineering with Surveying with an overall mark of 50%, and minimum 50% in all taught level 5 modules. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact
the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C or 4 (or equivalent). Please check the following link



Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Monday 25 June 2029

Progression Pathway

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