David is studying part-time, supported by his employer, SABIC.
It was a natural progression. After a four-year advanced apprenticeship in instrumentation, sponsored by SABIC, I gained an NVQ. I went on to take a BTEC and HNC at Redcar and Cleveland College and started a full-time job at SABIC. They agreed to support me through a part-time degree course. Teesside University was my first choice as it is local, the course suited the path I had been following for the last few years, and the course is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control.
I’m studying part-time while working as an Instrument and Analyser Technician for SABIC. My job is plant maintenance and calibration of instruments and analysers for quality and plant control purposes. I also test plant safety systems (critical loops for safe shutdown in emergencies). The lecturers are great to work with and are always offering their support and advice on any matter to guide you through the course. The University is well equipped for the engineering degree course, with various software applications and laboratories to carry out technical experiments. I have met some great colleagues, who are making the course thoroughly enjoyable.