What does your current role entail?
I am a qualified apprentice for Perkins Engines, having spent my placement on maintenance in the crankline machining area.
Recently I have been heavily involved with machine modifications and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), ensuring parts efficiency and minimising machine downtime. I recently implemented a new trial on an OEE project which delivered annual cost savings for the company. This work has enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of machine components, which has contributed towards my NVQ.
Tell us about your most interesting career experience to date?
I have begun working towards a HNC, while still pursing my NVQ. This was a first for an apprentice at Perkins, and was a huge commitment due to the amount of work involved, but will hopefully be extremely rewarding when I’ve completed both.
Why did you decide to undertake an apprenticeship?
At school I always enjoyed subjects which were more hands-on, such as design and technology. This led me to complete an engineering BTEC, which gave me a taste for the balance between theoretical and practical work that the industry would provide. I realised an apprenticeship would give me the chance to develop these skills on the job, with a career at the end of it. My role at Perkins allows me to learn in a world class engineering environment.
How did you go about selecting and securing your apprenticeship?
Perkins has an established relationship with my college which promoted their apprenticeships. It is a highly regarded scheme as Perkins is the leading engineering company in the Peterborough area - so it was a clear choice for me. I applied online, and after successfully completing their assessment day, received a job offer.
Why did you decide to become a member of the Institution?
Perkins encourages all apprentices to become an IMechE member from the minute we begin our apprenticeships. It has a huge array of benefits to help you on your career path, and provides industry support.
What’s your view on professional registration? Will you consider working towards EngTech status?
Absolutely. Professional registration gives an employer confidence in your skills as it is internationally recognised. It also gives a sense of self-pride as you have studied for something worthy of recognition within the industry.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
In five years’ time, I would like to become a team leader within crankline machining.This would enable me to develop my leadership skills, and take on more complex tasks with a higher level of responsibility. It is also a role that will enable me to pass on my knowledge to future apprentices and develop the best team possible.
And finally, if you could give one piece of advice to a person considering an engineering apprenticeship today, what would it be?
Take the opportunity. An apprenticeship provides the opportunity to learn technical subjects in an environment other than the traditional academic route. You can achieve just as much as going to university, all while earning a salary. I feel that I have gained a deeper understanding of applying technical knowledge in a practical situation. There is also a huge amount of opportunity within the engineering industry - as a career choice, it offers a wide spectrum of potential job roles.