What do you love about engineering?
Allan: Every day is different with new challenges, problems to solve and it makes life interesting.
Will: Getting into the core of how things work.
How did you get into the sector?
Allan: I studied an engineering apprenticeship after leaving school. And my Dad worked as a pipefitter, so it was something I was aware of.
Will: By accident actually… I needed a job fairly urgently and answered an advert in the local free newspaper for an engineering sales representative. And the rest is history.
What is the biggest challenge for the UK’s engineering industry?
Allan: In the short term the uncertainty around Brexit is not helpful. And longer term there are skill shortages to overcome.
Will: Attraction & retention of the right kind of workers.
What do you think is going to make the most impact on the UK engineering industry over the next five years?
Allan: Technology and Industry 4.0
Will: Mass migration and Brexit.
What’s your one piece of advice you would give to young people who might be considering engineering as a career?
Allan: Listen and work hard – it’s as simple as that!
Will: Get trained, have the right attitude & get stuck in.
What do you see as the key development in the maintenance arena?
Allan: Industry 4.0 enabling real time reporting and improved accuracy.
Will: Information & analysis.
Do you think the SME community is lagging behind the blue-chip companies; if so, how would you aim to remedy this?
Allan: No, I don’t see SME companies as lagging behind blue chip companies. On the contrary, SME’s can be more adaptable to change when needed to.
Will: I don’t think that SMEs are lagging behind – both have their place in all sectors of industry. And size is no guarantee of good practice anyway!
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