Our new engineering academy has been specifically designed to nurture and shape your future talent.
Through trials and interviews, we will be selecting top, local engineering talent to join Macclesfield College to complete a year with us BTEC Manufacturing qualification which will then progress onto an apprenticeship with you, our employers. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the learners’ journey from start to finish where you can select your apprentice after observing them in the classroom/workshop and offering work experience throughout the year.
What does this look like?
What learning will be happening in the College?
Christopher Kendal – Academy Tutor
Chris has been teaching Engineering at the College since April 2017, previously teaching engineering at two other colleges! Prior to his teaching career Chris served in the armed forces for 10 years as an Aircraft Systems Engineering Specialist and Chris also benefits from having industrial experience in Engineering maintenance and manufacturing!
The units he will be teaching on the Academy are as follows:
- Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
- Communications for Engineering Technicians
- Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
- Electrical and Electronic Principles in Engineering
- Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
- Engineering Drawing for Technicians
Damian McHale – Academy Tutor
Damian has been working in Mechanical Engineering for 40 years, in this time he has gained a wide range of skills and knowledge that he is now lucky enough to pass onto the next generation of learners. Over the past five years, Damian has trained and assessed apprentices in Training Centres and Colleges. Damian commented: ‘It is a great job and very rewarding to watch learners progress thorough college and their apprenticeship!’
The units Damian will be teaching on the Academy are as follows:
- Hand Fitting Skills – the purpose of this unit is to introduce learners to the skills and processes required to accurately produce engineering components using hand tools
- Basic Turning and Milling – the purpose of this unit is to introduce learners to the skills and processes required to accurately produce engineering components using manual lathes and milling machines
In both these units the focus is on learners gaining the confidence and skills to safety manipulate stock material into accurate engineering components
- Basic Maintenance – the purpose of this unit is to introduce learners to basic maintenance practices and give them experience of disassembly and the re-assemble of simple mechanical systems
These units will be taught in a workshop with a focus on instilling safe working practices and getting learners to take pride in completing tasks accurately