Craig always thought he wanted to work in engineering, as he liked the idea of making things. So, when the opportunity of an apprenticeship came along with Hydram Engineering, a leading specialist in sheet metalwork fabrication in Europe, he jumped at it.
During his apprenticeship he worked in lots of different parts of the factory, with many different technicians and engineers, and was offered a permanent assembly role upon completion of his apprenticeship. It wasn’t long before he was offered a promotion within the design team as a Programming Technician.
He now uses CAD (Computer Aided Design) to come up with new ways for Hydram to improve how they manufacture individual metal parts, meaning that he helps make the company’s production as efficient as possible and ensures that they minimise waste.
It’s a role Craig feels well suited to. “I’m quite an organised person and I’m interested in and care about what we do.” He works mainly in the office, but he’s ready to go out on the shop floor if any issues need dealing with. “I like the fact that every day is different and presents new challenges – and that I can work in an environment that changes so much.”
Metalwork from Hydram turns up in the strangest places in Craig’s life and he can’t help but spot even the smallest pieces of their products. “I’ve noticed everything from newspaper stands in garage forecourts, to hand poles we manufacture painted in bright colours on buses across the country!”
Craig's career pathway
- 2010 Left school after finishing GCSEs
- 2011 Completed a one-year course in Electrical Engineering at college, then applied for and got accepted onto an Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship with Hydram
- 2013 Completed apprenticeship and offered a role in the Hydram Assembly division
- 2014 Promoted to Programming Technician in the Hydram Design Team