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Ethan Kelly

Engineering Practice

Ethan Kelly, a Trainee Quality Engineer at Komatsu UK, wanted to study engineering theory at a university whilst earning a degree, and apply this theory in the workplace. This made the Engineering Practice apprenticeship at the University of Sunderland the obvious choice. Ethan hopes he can take what he has learnt from the programme to develop further as an Engineer, and in the future, seek opportunities for promotion within Komatsu UK.

“I would definitely encourage anyone who is interested to do an apprenticeship. The combination of learning the theory and applying it in the actual workplace helps to give an understanding of how the theory links to real-life situations.

“I found the learning environment to be relaxed and not too formal. The staff were easy to engage with and were very willing to help. The combination of work and university-based learning was helpful to improve as an engineer. I enjoy solving engineering problems, confirming the root cause, and introducing countermeasures. It gives me a sense of achievement knowing I am improving the product.

“My biggest achievement as an apprentice has been taking on more responsibility and becoming proficient in my role. I feel I have contributed to my employer with good planning skills and completing work to a high standard within the deadlines. I also contribute good social skills within my department and to others. Through the degree apprenticeship scheme, my knowledge has improved in manufacturing and statistical analysis, which I also feel has been a benefit to my company.”

Published 26 February 2021

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