1. What were you doing before you joined Leyland Trucks?
I left school at 16 and at the time I felt that the college/university route wasn’t right for me so I began to look for a job role that provided me with the satisfaction I was striving for: this was an engineering apprenticeship. The benefits of studying an apprenticeship were that it gave achievable aims and objectives which enabled clear goals to be set. Having hands on experience alongside day release to college provided an educational platform that could be applied into the workplace at many levels. Advantages that became paramount within my circle of friends were that I gained maturity far quicker and had a definitive career set out.
2. How have you progressed since you’ve been with Leyland Trucks?
During the four years as an electrical maintenance apprentice, I gained an ONC, HNC and HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. I was then allocated a job within the maintenance department as an electrical engineer gaining further experience and a wider knowledge of the production plant. As my apprenticeship was complete, I felt I needed a further challenge so I studied for a BEng in manufacturing engineering at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Support from Leyland Trucks then enabled me to further my career studying an MSc in manufacturing systems (of which I’m due to complete in Summer 2015). My aims for the future are to complete the MSc and become a Chartered Engineer.
3. What’s the best thing about working at Leyland Trucks?
In my opinion the best thing about Leyland Trucks is the flexibility that they have provided throughout my studies and the opportunities given for a wider experience. Continual training courses are paramount to keep up-to-date on ever changing manufacturing processes. Within the maintenance department it is a constant learning environment where experience is key.
4. What’s a typical day for you?
A typical day varies from keeping production running should there be any breakdowns but also carrying out PPM’s on key pieces of equipment. Continuous problem solving scenarios arise, ranging from improving manufacturing processes to designing and building new machines enabling streamlined production.
5. What do you hope the future holds for you at Leyland Trucks?
I see myself developing at Leyland Trucks by firstly becoming a Chartered Engineer. Within a company like Leyland Trucks there are plenty of opportunities arising along the way from all directions you would least expect them to. At the moment I’m focusing on delivering my current role, but in a few years I imagine I will be doing something completely different. With all the opportunities available I am looking forward to experiencing new challenges and hopefully this will scope my career in an exciting direction.