Meet one of our current apprentices, Kieran…
We caught up with one of current apprentices, Kieran, who joined the engineering apprenticeship programme at Oakdale in September 2013. Kieran tells us about his involvement on the AJAX programme and what he gets up to as a STEM ambassador…
Prior to joining General Dynamics UK, Kieran completed AS Level’s at Cross Keys College in maths, physics, graphic design and music and decided to take the apprenticeship route to get a more hands-on approach to learning. After researching apprenticeships, Kieran became attracted to the idea of joining a Company at a young age and getting involved with real projects and working with experienced professionals.
Kieran is currently in his fourth and final year of the apprenticeship programme, due to finish in September 2017. At the start of the programme, he was learning about the Bowman communication system and the basics of software engineering. Kieran then joined the electronic architecture area for armoured fighting vehicles, involved in platform assembly. As part of the electronic architecture team, he had the opportunity to work in Spain for four months, involved in the installation, design and certification of products.
Currently, Kieran is working within the platform system integration and test team, involved with the test of the vehicle’s key electronic architecture components. During his apprenticeship so far, Kieran has been involved in all areas of the AJAX armoured fighting vehicle lifecycle, from design to assembly and fit to test.
Kieran has now completed NVQ Level 3: installation and commissioning of electronic systems and is due to complete his HNC in electrical/electronic engineering this summer at Newport and District Group Training Association. As part of his HNC, Kieran’s project involves the design, development and delivery of a battery recovery system.
In addition to his apprenticeship, Kieran is the contact engineer for a local school’s Engineering Education Scheme Wales project, making regular visits to the school, providing advice and guidance to the students. Acting as a STEM ambassador and achieving a STEM Wales certification, Kieran has volunteered to attend career fairs all over the country, and has even had the opportunity to meet the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, former Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb, Lord Don Touhig, Ken Skates AM and Chris Evans MP.
Following the completion of his apprenticeship, Kieran is hoping to join the AJAX integration, assembly and test team as a vehicle electronic engineer.
If you’re interested by Kieran’s story and want to know more about joining the team, click here