Drive your Career at the Bennett Freehill Graduate Academy

Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill

At the Bennett Freehill Graduate Academy young engineers are given a platform to drive their career and achieve their maximum potential technically and personally in our vibrant, innovative and energetic engineering hub that focuses on the advancements in sustainability, technology and digital engineering. Applications to join our Graduate Academy close on 31.3.2024

engineering has no boundaries.

We provide a structured learning and development plan for all young engineers to develop and refine their knowledge and skills, providing a platform to progress through the business.

We support our engineers professional and personal development through academic, leadership, technical training and mentoring.

Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill


open up opportunities. make an impact.

Learn about delivering technical excellence in a digital era to implement cutting edge solutions. Develop your skills and knowledge to design sustainable buildings which take account of functionality and quality.

Our organisational structure allows each engineer to see their potential career path and open up opportunities:
Electrical engineer | Mechanical engineer | Passivhaus designer | NZEB designer | BREEAM assessor | Vertical transport engineer | Building physics engineer | Commissioning manager.

Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill


graduate development. supporting you from day one.

As part of our talented team you will be working in a positive employee focused environment with a team centred culture that promotes equality and ideas, diversity and inclusion.

Training & Development
We will support and guide you in our open and progressive learning environment to ensure that you can deliver for our clients.

Career progression
From day one we will give you a platform to allow you to excel.

Work-life balance
We provide a flexible working environment and are committed to providing a mentally healthy workplace.

Benefits
‘Freedom and Balance’ flexible working policy | Focus on wellbeing and mental health | Hybrid working from office/home | Healthcare scheme | 34 days holiday | Competitive salary | Competitive employer pension scheme | Bi-monthly social activities to interact and relax without the challenges of work.

brilliant minds. passionate people. making a difference.

Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill
Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill


We are people focused and recruit, nurture and retain the most technically accomplished talent in the industry. We’re looking for dynamic, hardworking and creative people who want to make a difference. Graduates and Placement Students with a collaborative ambitious ethos, who are driven to succeed and who nurture a passion for technical excellence.

Careers

Graduate Academy Bennett Freehill

We currently have no vacancies available.

We are a friendly practice with attractive offices in Belfast and we offer a supportive high-quality working environment. We have completed some of the most prominent projects in Northern Ireland, and our portfolio includes the Kingspan Stadium, visitor centres at Crumlin Road Gaol and Enniskillen Castle and the New National Stadium at Windsor Park. Our current projects include a significant number of schools, major leisure facilities for Derry and Strabane and University projects.

Paul O'Neill

MIET CEng MEng

Paul joined Bennett Freehill in late-2021 as part of the organisations drive towards technical excellence, an employee-focused culture, strategic growth and NZEB focus. 

A Chartered Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the construction and electrical industries, Paul has particular specialisms in electrical engineering, conservation, power generation and vertical transportation having worked on projects in the education, healthcare, hotels and office sectors. 

As electrical engineering design lead, Paul is responsible for technical delivery and project responsibility related to electrical engineering, and more critically, directing technical, quality and standards within the engineering teams.

Paul brings his passion for technical quality, buildability, progressivity and efficiency to the Bennett Freehill team.

Aaron McCarthy

MCIBSE CEng BEng

Aaron is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in sustainability and low carbon design, with detailed knowledge of passive design techniques and thermal modelling procedures.

Aaron joined Bennett Freehill in mid-2021, having previously gained 10 years’ experience as an Energy and Building Services design engineer within leading multi-national building services practices. Aaron brings extensive experience in managing and delivering large scale multi-disciplinary projects and has a wealth of experience in MEP Project Management.

Aaron is responsible for client liaison, technical delivery and management of design teams to ensure we meet our clients aspirations.

Aaron brings his passion and drive for successful project delivery through collaboration with clients and design teams.

In May 2022 Aaron was appointed as Partner.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.