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Metaltech Services Ltd

Metaltech Services Limited are a UKAS Accredited Metallurgical, Chemical Analysis and Mechanical Test House. To support growth plans in the business, the company recruited two University of Sunderland Engineering graduates, Arran Ledger and Marc Erwin as Test Engineers. Both graduates have brought an enthusiastic approach to the work which has had a positive impact on the business.

MD Louise Scott spoke about the experience of recruiting via the Graduate Internship scheme.

“Aside from the obvious benefits of receiving funding toward the salary costs, the support with the actual recruitment process has been brilliant. The team at Sunderland responded really quickly to the initial enquiry and have been supportive throughout- making it really easy to work with them to find the right graduate.”

Arran Ledger completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated in June 2021 with a first class honors degree. After graduating he was looking for something where he could challenge himself and learn the practical skills needed to thrive in a career in Engineering.

“MSL looked like a company dedicated to developing into new areas and I thought I could learn from their experience and expertise. I felt the most challenging thing, like any new job, would be getting used to the ways things are done in industry. Different to University, your ideas and work are developed for a real-life practical application.”

“The material theory I studied plays a massive role into some of the technical aspects of test work I am doing at MSL. Through my degree we learned to drive various computer aided engineering software which has also been helpful in various research and development projects I am currently involved in.”

“Step out of your safety net! Don’t be afraid to step out your comfort zone and you’ll be surprised to what good things happen.”

Marc Erwin graduated with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (First Class) in July 2021. He started his Internship as Test Engineer at MSL in September 2021. His role involves a range of metal testing to fulfil customer requirements, as well as working to expand the companies’ testing capabilities into different materials.

“There is a lot of variation within the job so you get to do a range of work throughout the week - it never gets repetitive. The work presents a good challenge as you have to apply your engineering knowledge and a bit of common sense on how best to tackle a job. Everyone at the company is fantastic to work with and are always willing to help in any way possible if an issue arises.”

Consider an Internship - it has helped me get work experience in engineering and allowed me to work a job I find interesting and wanting to learn more.”