GSCE's, then started my A levels but left half way through due to illness, then took on an Apprenticeship for 5 years as a Toolmaker
GSCE's Advanced City and Guilds Apprenticeship in Manufacture and Production
Tool Maker - RyeTools then Prototype and Production Engineer - PACE Cycles
Workshop Manager - University of York Biology Research Workshops
BIOLOGY RESEARCH WORKSHOPS
I'm an Engineer for Scientists
I live in on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, I’m a keen mountain biker and runner.
I’m the person my friends and family always turn to when they need something making or repairing.
I love to cook and bake bread…also eat said food and bread, hence the hobbies to help burn it off.
Workshop Manager - Biology Research Workshop
I started work at the University 10 years ago.
What I do is design and make bespoke and custom made “things” for scientific research and teaching practicals.
A Scientist (professor to masters student) will come to me with a problem/idea of some type of experiment they want to carry out, I then have to come up with the solution.
I work for the Biology Department so this can range from tiny microscope parts, automatic doors for ants, small scale AD (anaerobic digestor) plants to robots that wiz along ropes for GHG (green house gas) sampling.
I get to use all manner of manufacturing processes to make these things, precision milling and lathe machines, laser cutters and 3D printing. To welding and wood work.
My Typical Day
No day is the same.....!!
I have to drive 35 miles to work first.
Get to work for 7:45, make a coffee and get my overalls on.
Fire up the PC and warm up any machines I know I’m going to be using that day.
I have a very long to do list of current jobs, paper work for the workshop like health and safety, and ordering in parts and materials.
I have an apprentice in the workshop now so this takes a great deal of time as it’s 4 years of training, so I organise jobs for both of us.
I will answer any emails I have got in over night and then crack on with making things…
I run an open door service so anyone needing urgent work can speak to me right away, this is usually emergency break downs of lab equiptment.
I’ll have several machines running, people coming every hour needing help/advice, an apprentice to train and mentor. So my days are always busy.
What I'd do with the money
Look at 3rd world training of engineers
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined Thinker Perfectionist
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Seeing something you have designed and made out in the world working
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A tree surgeon
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Beans on toast
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Traveled round Tasmania
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, to not worry and be with my friends and family
Tell us a joke.
Two eggs in a frying pan...one says to the other "it's hot in here"...the other one screams "arrrrggghhh a talking egg..."