Level 5 HND in Manufacturing Engineering
HND Engineering Level 5 students Dale Love (Manufacturing Engineering) and Joseph Evans (Electrical/Electronic Engineering) will spend a one year placement working with Bombardier Aerospace Belfast from Sept 2013-Aug 2014.
They will receive one-to-one mentoring and coaching and will have the opportunity to be involved in new project developments including the use of robotics, PLCs and specialised automation equipment in the manufacture of aircraft in their Belfast Manufacturing Function in Strategic Technology. They will receive excellent practical experience and a valuable insight into working within Northern Ireland’s leading aerospace manufacturing company.
Dale progressed to the Level 5 HND programme from the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma programme at NRC whereas Joseph studied A-Level Mathematics, Physics and ICT before joining NRC to study Level 5 Engineering.
Level 5 HND Manufacturing Engineering Placement Student - Wrightbus
Why study a Placement Year?
I applied for a placement to gain experience in the manufacturing field as this is the route in which I want to pursue my career. I would recommend a placement to any Level 5 student as I have gained extensive knowledge in the design and manufacturing of buses within the hybrid department in which I worked in Wrightbus.
My role in WrightBus consisted of mainly design work, including framework and bracketry for components on the prototype electric bus (shown above). Also I got the opportunity to design copper pipe work for heating systems and electrical panel work. Away from the design I gained knowledge in bills of materials (BOM) and the documentation of drawings etc. I was also involved in planning and scheduling of the Electric Prototype Bus project. Also I was involved in the testing and commissioning of the Hybrid Double Deck.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and meeting people from all around the world within this global manufacturer. I have gained extensive knowledge of the company and have a true insight into what is involved in the manufacturing design industry. I now know that this type of work is exactly what I would like to do with my future career. If I get the opportunity to join WrightBus as a Design Engineer, I would welcome the opportunity.
Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety
Kyle graduated in June 2013 as a NEBOSH diplomat. Having completed his NEBOSH General Certificate in 2005 and worked nine years in production management, Kyle decided to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Practitioner. He commenced the programme in September 2011 and through his dedicated approach to study, successfully completed his Level 6 NEBOSH Diploma in May 2013 with a ‘credit’.
Kyle’s well deserved achievement now enables him to become a Graduate Member of IOSH and work towards the much sought after Chartered Membership.
Kyle commented ‘The Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety has provided me with a sound health and safety knowledge base and specifically the area of safety legislation. I feel more competent and confident in my ability to carry out my role as Health and Safety Co-ordinator with the Northern Regional College. I really enjoyed the versatility of teaching through case studies, site/workshop visits and classroom learning.’
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Laura Mairs left Parkhall College in Antrim after her GCSEs and graduated from the NRD with an overall DDD in the Extended Diploma in Applied Science. From here she was accepted onto study Biomedical Science at the University of Ulster, Coleraine and is currently researching her Masters in Biomedical Science (M.Biomed Sci) through during her placement year in the Opthmathology department at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis, in Indiana USA. Laura hopes to complete her Masters this year and is considering a MD PhD which will allow her to practice medicine in the USA.
“This course really prepared me for my university degrees as the classes and staff helped me develop the experience I needed to be able to work confidently and independently in the lab environment as well as the providing me with the knowledge and skills to begin my course. The classes were very well taught and the teachers were always happy to help with anything. I will always be grateful for the people I met and the experience I gained during my Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science at NRC.”