Middlesbrough College student Dean gets a taste of civil engineering with work experience – FE News

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A student who took the opportunity to intern in a nationally significant renewable energy program says the experience gave him a taste for engineering.

Dean Whitelock, 18, from Ingleby Barwick near Stockton-on-Tees, is currently studying at Middlesbrough College for a career as a quantity surveyor, which requires an industry placement totaling 340 hours.

After spending time on site with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, the company preparing the site for construction of the onshore infrastructure for the Sofia and Dogger Bank C offshore wind projects, Dean says he is now open to more options. .

The North Wales based company gave Dean the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and see how knowledge learned in the classroom becomes reality.

The Teesside-based placement began at the end of August and lasted four months.

Dean said, “I’ve done so much. I was away most of the day with site engineers, running GPS equipment and preparing work for plant operators according to plans.

“Sofia and Dogger Bank C’s enabling work, which includes creating the platform for the converter stations, is complex, so being there two days a week really helped me understand.

“When something is mentioned in the lectures, I can visualize why it’s important. In many cases, I will have already seen it in the flesh too.

“Site engineering was not an area I was interested in before; When I started I only wanted to do quantitative surveys, but it opened my eyes to the possibilities.

Jones Bros. engineer Gareth Edwards was assigned to mentor Dean and was impressed with the progress and enthusiasm he showed.

Gareth said: “He turned to the activity on the ground, like using the GPS equipment, rather than the office side.

“He has clearly enjoyed his time here, especially when it has been busy. We’ve tried to temper him with some filing and photocopying work so we can be sure he has a balanced perspective on the job, but he still delivers.

“We also made sure to instill the importance of health, safety and the environment on site, which Dean understood.

“This is a 20 hectare site with a lot going on like many existing utilities and services like water or electricity to dodge, lots of ground mechanics and ground pressure testing as well as importing thousands of tons of stone, so he did well.”

Katharine Hawking, Head of Work Experience and T-Level Industry Placements at Middlesbrough College, said:

“We are delighted that Dean has enjoyed his industry placement at Jones Bros – a fantastic opportunity to practice the skills he is developing in the classroom here at college.

“Middlesbrough College is the first college in the Tees Valley to deliver T Levels, pioneering new qualifications which include an industry placement of at least 45 days, allowing students to gain essential practical experience in the industry of their choice.

“Through his placement, Dean had the opportunity to really fit into the business, working on a high-profile project for the region from start to finish – invaluable experience I’m sure, so may he progress in his career.”

Sofia is owned by RWE while Dogger Bank C is the third phase of the Dogger Bank wind farm, which is a joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni.

Founded in the 1950s, the Jones Bros management team is made up of second and third generation members of the founding family. It employs over 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in a variety of sectors including highways, flood defense and marine, waste management and renewable energy across the UK.

The company operates an award-winning apprenticeship program, which has produced over 40% of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited over 100 apprentices over the past three years.

For more information visit www.jones-bros.com

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