Dean a Systems Engineer - Ardagh Glass This case study shows the route I have taken in developing both an academic and a 8hands on 9 engineering career. My choices have provided me with almost 10 years experience in engineering and a wide range of valuable qualifications. Recently I 9ve gained a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
However, to get so far has needed a great deal of commitment, hard work and effort. I started working life for Ardagh glass (formerly Rockware Glass) in March 1998 on a 3 year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship. This provided on the job experience, valuable qualifications and a wage at the same time.
I spent the first three months at DETA Engineering Training Centre. Here I studied and learnt basic engineering skills to obtain my NVQ Level 2 in Engineering. Back at Ardagh I gained practical hands-on skills, whilst studying all aspects of both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering maintenance.
I then began working towards NVQ Level 3 Engineering, gaining Certificates, for both Mechanical and Electrical backgrounds, because my aim was to become a 8multi-skilled engineer 9. Whilst completing my Apprenticeship and these NVQ qualifications at work I also began attending college one day a ... more. less.
week for an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. I then followed this up with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, completing both on day release where my employer allowed me to attend college while covering my wages.<br><br> The courses each ran for two years. During that same time I also completed my Apprenticeship, which gave me Engineering NVQs at Level 3 in: (1) Mechanical (2) Electrical Engineering. Along with these qualifications I also obtained an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate, proving that I had studied and learnt all the relevant practical skills, as well as the academic aspects required.<br><br> I was then taken on permanently by my employer, as an Engineering Craftsman. This job involved developing and setting up planned preventative maintenance to reduce electrical/electronic breakdowns. I was also involved in designing computer control panels for automated equipment and other general projects.<br><br> The job required knowledge of Batching Furnaces, production forming machinery processes and a strong understanding of open loop and closed loop systems and other automated processes After completing my Apprenticeship and HNC I again chose to return to Further Education, to begin an accredited Electrical and Electronic Honours Degree; as this would allow me to become a Chartered Engineer at a later stage in my career. I could have chosen other, less complex degree programmes but Chartered status appealed to me greatly. The programme lasted five years and at the end of this I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.<br><br> During my degree course I developed my knowledge at the workplace, learning about automation systems and growing my role to include all aspects of industrial IT systems. At this point I was appointed to my current job as a Systems Engineer. Here my responsibilities and objectives are to design, commission and maintain all aspects of manufacturing control and condition based monitoring systems.<br><br> This role involves both hardware and software design and implementation. It requires wide- ranging knowledge of PC operating systems and an in-depth knowledge of automation, SCADA and programmable control systems, including web based technology and Client/Server applications. I will shortly be starting an accredited Masters Degree course, which is the final step to achieve my goal of becoming a Registered Chartered Engineer.<br><br> Throughout this entire period I have been gaining hands- on experience, while getting paid. Through this my employer has gained my utmost respects and gratitude, as they have supported me fully, paying for all of my tuition fees as well as my wages. EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Thorne Grammar School 1995 3 1997 GCSE: English Literature C English Language C Mathematics B Art &Design C French D Geography D Science (Double Award) B/B Deta Training LTD 1998 3 2000 Advanced Modern apprenticeship NVQ Level 2 Engineering and Manufacturing NVQ Level 3 Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) Systems NVQ Level 3 Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) Systems Doncaster College 1998 - 2002 BTEC ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (ONC) BTEC HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (HNC) REGULATIONS IEEE Wiring Regulations 16 th Edition Sheffield Hallam University 2002 - 2006 BENG (hons) ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING: Beng (hons) Electrical/Electronic Engineering 1 st Class Award <br><br>