PEME Technicians, Anna Walker and Tom Cosgrove, have successfully completed a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering at the College of West Anglia.
They both attended a HNC day release course at the Wisbech campus, which is designed to cater for experienced technicians who are in full-time employment and wish to progress to Technician Engineer status with design, managerial or development responsibilities. The HNC is a 2 year, Level 4, part-time course and is a form of higher-level, more vocational, education recognised throughout the UK.
Modules completed by Tom and Anna included: Mechanical Principles and Applications, Analytical Methods for Engineers, Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation, Health, Safety & Risk Assessment in Engineering, Materials Engineering, Engineering Science, Advanced Computer-Aided Design Techniques and Managing People in Engineering completing with a joint project that enabled them to bring all that they had learnt together. Each module was independently assessed over the 2 years, by a combination of practical assignments and a written examination based on EdExcel guidelines.
Anna and Tom have been sponsored through this training by PEME, as part of their professional development, because the EdExcel BTEC HNC is designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of engineering knowledge and understanding. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required by PEME.
Tom and Anna are both products of the PEME Apprenticeship scheme and are currently employed as Reliability Engineers in the PEME Reliability department, where they are both heavily involved in reliability improvement projects on our clients sites. Anna was the 2011 PEME Apprentice of the Year and Tom Cosgrove won the 2013 Maintec Maintenance Apprentice of the Year Award.