UTC Oxfordshire student secures apprenticeship with Pyrotec

UTC Oxfordshire student, Jack O’Donoghue, has been accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme with Pyrotec Services Ltd.

Jack was one of two apprentices to be offered a position at the company, starting full time in January 2017. The application process mirrored the process of other employees at Pyrotec, as Jack was required to submit a CV and application form before he was invited to interview.

James Gregg, Service Manager at Pyrotec, said: “We are very pyrotec-logoexcited as an organisation to be introducing an apprenticeship scheme and look forward to being able to share our knowledge and experience with our new apprentices. Jack came across during his interview as a well presented, bright and polite young man who had a passion for engineering. For these reasons he seemed an ideal candidate for us and we decided that we were going to offer him one of the two positions.”

During his apprenticeship Jack will be given the opportunity to spend time with all three of Pyrotec’s field engineering departments on a rotational basis:

  • The commissioning department, specialising in the installation and hand over of new projects
  • The service department, specialising in the routine and reactive maintenance of existing fire safety systems
  • The security department, specialising in the installation and maintenance of security based equipment.

Jack will be expected to carry out a variety of tasks, such as interpreting schematics and circuit diagrams, using calibrated test equipment, compiling reports and more. A typical day for Jack will be spent working at various clients’ premises alongside one of Pyrotec’s engineers in environments from schools to aircraft hangers. Alongside the training delivered from his college course, Jack will be sent on a number of courses that all Pyrotec engineers attend, run by product manufacturers, industry accreditation bodies and health and safety consultants. This should give Jack a firm foundation and put him on the right path for a successful career in engineering.

Principal Owain Johns commented: “Jack has done extremely well to secure this apprenticeship so soon in his time at UTC Oxfordshire. He will be missed at UTC Oxfordshire, but we are delighted that we have been able to help to prepare him for his engineering career. We look forward to hearing how he gets on.”

Jack pictured in the centre with his NCS team, next to professional inline skater Danny Aldridge

Jack pictured in the centre with his NCS team, next to professional inline skater Danny Aldridge

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