UTC graduate William is a Design Engineer for Steam Traction World. We recently caught up with him to see how he has been getting on…
"I have always had an interest in engineering, specifically mechanical. I grew up around vintage vehicles (mainly traction engines), and so started learning about mechanical systems from a very young age. I looked around several different choices for sixth form study, but Lincoln UTC had the best engineering facilities and so I chose to complete the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in engineering, equivalent to 3 A Levels.
Studying at the UTC introduced me to CAD (computer aided design) software, up until then I had only heard about CAD in passing and any drawing work had been done by hand. I quickly found I had a natural skill and aptitude for CAD, and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. When I went onto study at De Montford University after leaving the UTC I was often working so quickly that I spent a lot of time helping other students.
Following graduation, I joined a company called Steam Traction World, and am now putting my CAD skills and love of old vehicles to good use designing steam traction engines in kit form. I started at STW as a junior designer, but I have since progressed and am now solely responsible for design within the company. I also work in customer support, helping to advise customers during the build of their traction engine.
The best part of my job is having the privilege to share the moment that a customer completes their build. We invite them to bring their engine to our factory so that I can advise the best way to run it, and this is my favourite moment of the entire process.
My advice to current students would be to follow your passion. When you love your job, it seems more like fun and less like work."