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Most common are plastics, composites (e.g. carbon fibre), rubber and wood.
Practical roles include the operation and setting of plastic moulding, machines, laminating and pattern making.
More theoretical roles include the design of tooling and production in these materials.
Martin did A levels in Maths and IT after school and then began studying for a degree, wanting to become an Architect. The degree incorporated building design, architectural design, video games and product design, but lacked any work experience or placement and Martin found it difficult to gain employment after completion.
Martin did his first degree in virtual reality design, but found it exceptionally hard to gain full time employment after graduation.
After several months of unemployment Martin offered his skills on a voluntary basis to Waterfit. “It took a while to settle in and demonstrate what I could do – but I learnt a lot of new skills and underpinning engineering knowledge from others.”
The company received a new contract and was luckily able to offer a paid contract to Martin as a Design and Development Engineer.
Martin’s role includes a variety of activities including; project planning, prototyping, dealing with suppliers, website development, pressure testing, product testing, maintenance of standards, database queries and cost estimations.
Simon Boyes, Managing Director at Waterfit said“Martin has gone from a graduate with no real work or practical skills to an innovative designer – his drive and self-development has been exceptional.”
Martin opted for the academic route of A levels after school as he was unsure about his exact career choice. He then went on to do a degree and is now studying for his Masters at the University of Wolverhampton in Advanced Product Design and Rapid Manufacturing. Waterfit is supporting the costs and allowing the day release required for his two year study. Simon Boyes said “Employers need to facilitate learning – it is key to future development.”
|“The lack of work experience and practical skills hindered me getting a job after my degree.”|
Waterfit Ltd manufactures fittings in both metal and plastic for the water industry. Waterfit is a major supplier to national and local water companies. It exports all over the world including the Middle East, Cyprus and the Caribbean.