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Christopher Rendle

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Biography

What made you pick this particular course?
With a good background in maths and science, I felt I was a suitable candidate for an apprenticeship role in manufacturing engineering at Parker Hannifin. My company agreed, and enrolled me at Petroc.

What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
I have to say that the facilities in the engineering block workshop are very impressive and it’s a great environment to work and learn in. But what I liked most was how the lecturers, with their own industry experience, were able to enthusiastically teach and explain engineering principles and techniques, which complimented perfectly the great standard of machine based teaching I was receiving at Parker Hannifin.

Did you undertake any work experience throughout your studies? If so, which company did you work at? How did you find your experience? And, do you think this work experience helped you to decide your next steps?
As an apprentice, I already have an employer, Parker Hannifin. My first year experience couldn’t have been better. The first 6 months were spent under the tutelage of an engineer named Stuart Bowden, who has over 30 years experience of machining. I was in absolute awe of his understanding of engineering, and his methodical approach to training me. In the second half of my first year, I was trained on a CNC lathe by another experienced engineer, Neville Compton, who demonstrated his vast knowledge of CNC programming.
With my quarterly feedback reviews, my progress as an apprentice engineer was always positive, which is a reflection of the great training I was receiving, and I feel I have a bright future with the company.

What do you plan to do when you leave Petroc (further study, career etc.)?
I have already asked my employer to allow me to continue studying after the apprenticeship has finished, which was given a positive response. I do plan to keep studying all the way up the level 6.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
Always take notes, you never know when you’ll need to remember something from a long time ago. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions to expand your knowledge and understanding, and if you’re offered a chance to learn more, grab it with both hands!

COURSE(S) STUDIED

Level 3 Mechanical Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

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What I liked most was how the lecturers, with their own industry experience, were able to enthusiastically teach and explain engineering principles and technique.