During my first year of the apprenticeship, I spent all term times at college completing my level 2 in mechatronic maintenance. This part of the course provided me with a basic understanding of engineering and the maintenance side to it.
Being at college for the full year meant that I didn’t spend much time at the Direct Air unit or out at customer sites. Considering this, I was really excited to complete my first year so that I was able to get more of an even balance between being at college and at work.
As soon as I started the second year that I’m in now, my schedule then changed and since then I have been based at work all week, minus one day per week to attend college lessons. This has meant that I’m able to gain more experience on site with one year of knowledge under my belt from college work. Now that my time is split more between work and college, I’m able to visit customer sites to shadow experienced Direct Air engineers and gain the real life experience that I need. Being more involved in work now benefits my value to the company and gives me a deeper understanding of compressed air systems.
Although most of my working time is spend observing and assisting Installation Engineers, I have started to practice some service work with guidance from senior engineers, so that I can gain experience with both engineering departments in the company.
I’m looking forward to continuing the remainder of my second year within the course and I’m even looking ahead to completing parts of my training further in the future such as the NVQ.