Craig always knew he wanted to work in engineering. So when the opportunity of an apprenticeship at Hydram came along, he took it.
During his apprenticeship he worked throughout the factory before he was eventually offered a job in the assembly section. More recently he joined the design team as a programmer.
He now uses a computer to efficiently organise the manufacture of individual metal parts in order to optimise production and minimise waste.
Craig works mainly in the office, but heâs ready to go out on the shop floor if any issues need dealing with. âI like the fact that every day is different and presents new challengesâ.
âIâve seen newspaper stands in garage forecourts and I regularly see hand poles we manufacture painted in bright colours on buses acrossÂ the countryâ.
Itâs a role he feels well suited to. âIâm quite an organised person and Iâm interested in what we doâ.
Craig - Career Pathway
Left school with 12 GCSEs
Took a one year course in Electrical Engineering at New College in Durham
Began an Engineering Apprenticeship at Hydram (including a day release to study for BTEC & NVQ)
Recruited into the Hydram Assembly section
Programming Technician in the Hydram Design Team
Planning, process and production technicians
Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions to assist production, process and planning engineers with production programmes and schedules and with manufacturing and processing procedures in order to ensure accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.