Reece Buckley: Laing O'Rourke Building Services Engineer Degree Apprentice

Why Did You Choose To Study at Uxbridge College? 

I chose to study BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Engineering Extended Diploma (2 years) at Uxbridge College as it offered my chosen career path. I was persuaded during the open evening when I saw how experienced the lecturers were and by the college facilities. 

Skills and Knowledge That I Have Gained From My Mechanical Engineering Course 

The key skills I gained from the Mechanical Engineering course included CAD softwares - AUTOCAD and oneshape. In addition, mechanical principles, fluid mechanics and health and safety. 

How Did Your Course at the College Prepare You for University and Your Apprenticeship? 

College prepared me for work by giving me an insight/understanding of different engineering systems and how they work as well as the science/theory behind it. Most importantly I learnt a lot about health and safety in the workplace, which is the priority at work/I deal with everyday. 

What Made You Take the Degree Apprenticeship Route? 

I chose a degree apprenticeship as I knew I would learn more working hands on with experienced engineers who can guide and support me rather than studying full time at university. My degree apprenticeship allows me to gain valuable experience early in my career by working on prestigious projects whilst studying for my degree. 

What Do You Enjoy About Doing a Degree Apprenticeship? 

The thing I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is how diverse it is. Everyday I am dealing with a new system or faced with a new problem. For example, I am learning about different systems and how they operate, as well as speaking to people to see alternative ways to solve the problem. 

What Advice/Tips Would You Give to Construction Students? 

Research your targeted company to the best of your extent, this includes: 
Case studies (previous projects or innovative technologies they use) 
Their sustainability plan (every company has one and it is extremely important in today's world) 
If the company has any off site manufacturing or alternative building methods 
All of this information will be available on the companies website. 
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