Caroline Hughes

Building Services

Caroline Hughes

I am currently working for McAleer & Rushe as a Services Coordinator based in Cookstown and Edinburgh.

Prior to my employment with McAleer & Rushe, I completed a Masters degree in ‘Renewable Energy and Building Services Engineering’ which took 5 years.

This course was very theory orientated with some opportunities to visit a number of buildings to witness the practical aspects of building services.

Since joining McAleer & Rushe’s graduate programme in 2015, I have worked on a number of large developments from the initial design stage through to handover, witnessing every aspect of the build, install and commissioning.

Having a balanced mix of both office and site based work means that I am able to develop both my commercial & design experience along with the physical side.

The M&E department is made up of a number of engineers who have come to work with McAleer & Rushe through different routes ranging from plumbers to Commercial Manger’s to graduate’s like myself.

This range of expertise is one of the many ways that I have been able to further my understanding. In particular our department has a monthly meeting where the whole team can bring up any issues we are facing along with discussing resolutions to problems incurred on our projects.


Being a woman in a predominately male oriented industry was something I was intially concerned with. To say that McAleer & Rushe made me feel welcome would be an understatement, I have never been made to feel out of place or different in any way.

While on site it is clear that McAleer & Rushe practise equal opportunities, from simple things like smaller size boots & jackets to making sure there are fantastic female welfare facilities.

Along with the M&E team, the site has design team meetings on a weekly basis which includes the Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers and the site management team.

These meetings are another way of gathering different pieces of information for future projects and coming up with problem solving ideas depending on the nature of each job.

“I firmly believe that hands-on experience is one of the best ways to learn, and
McAleer & Rushe give you that opportunity to be pro-active from the very first day.”
Caroline Hughes
Building Services

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