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Advanced Electronics Apprentice
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Advanced Electronics Engineering Apprentice in my second year
My work varies all the time. I could be working on one project for months and other times I get new job every day.
I am currently in the middle of the second year of my apprenticeship at the end of which (4 years) I aiming to become a fully qualified electronics engineering technician.
After completing my first year at college I have started a 7 month placement at Diamond Light Source experiment. During my time I have learnt a lot of new skills and completed a large amount of tasks. Some were small which included wiring a component and some were big projects which took months. One of my favourite was designing and building a working prototype of a radiation monitor which is intended to be used in experimental target stations. These devices constantly measure radiation levels and warn staff and scientists if there is a leakage. The device was built and currently undergoing testing.
At the moment I am working in the electronics support group where I test, repair and maintain scientific data acquisition equipment for various science experiments.
My Typical Day
Testing, Repairing, Call outs, Short Breaks, Helping Others with various problems, Research
Normally my day begins very early. I usually arrive at work about 7 am.
As there is no one in the department to supervise me in the workshop I spend the next hour researching information and learning about electronics. I also use this time to complete my NVQ Level 3 Log Books as a part of my apprenticeship training plan. These log books normally contain detailed diary of every project and job I have completed. Each log book is assessed by out on site assessor and then stored in special folders.
As soon as someone arrives I go in the workshop and carry on with my jobs.
Sometimes I find myself carried away and have to have my lunch an hour or two later than others.
What I'd do with the money
Divide it in 6 halves
2/6 spend on my further education.
The rest donate to Villiers Park Programme where I am currently mentoring students who are interested in engineering, science and technology.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Motivated, Helpful and Knowledgeable
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Became mentor for Villier’s Park Organisation
What did you want to be after you left school?
Software Engineering for MOD
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Here never, back in my country quite a bit
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Working to tackle cyber crime
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Moved to England from Belarus
Tell us a joke.
Why did the bicycle stop … it was two tyred