The challenges of COVID-19, college closures and lone working requirements failed to deter CooperÖstlund’s Andy Gibson from completing his apprenticeship, as he eyes his new role as Junior Rebuild Engineer.

Andy joined the company almost four years ago as an apprentice after working within the engineering sector as a metal finisher and maintaining pile driving plant machinery.

Demonstrating ambition and a willingness to learn, Andy completed his apprenticeship and was soon offered the opportunity to join the team as a Junior Rebuild Engineer focusing on engine rebuilds after qualifying as a level 3 Advanced Mechatronics Engineer.

Andy said: “The support I have received from CooperÖstlund throughout my apprenticeship has been nothing less than exceptional, from colleagues taking time out of their working day to show and teach me different aspects of engines, to trusting me to conduct various tasks without the aid of other engineers.

“I have been able to adapt and improve my skills as an apprentice support engineer. CooperÖstlund has given me the opportunity to find what I am good at and has also given me a greater interest in my continuous improvement.

“Having the opportunity to work with different engineers and seeing how they do things allows me to put my newly learnt skills into action and seek ways to improve the way operations are conducted.”

During his time at CooperÖstlund, Andy has worked on various engines and projects, starting with attending basic condition monitoring tasks with other engineers, before moving on to assist with full workshop and in-situ rebuilds. He has experience of working on Jenbacher, MAN, MWM and Guascor gen sets both in the workshop and in the field.

He said: “I have also conducted various fault-finding activities, some of which have been challenging but with assistance from other engineers and the technical team, I am now able to diagnose some faults that may become present.

“I have learned a lot about the engines we work on and realise that there is still a lot to learn after my apprenticeship, but I have no doubt that CooperÖstlund will continue to support me on my journey to reach my aspiration of becoming an engine specialist.

“I’m happy that I have found the career I want to progress in.”

CooperÖstlund’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Walters said: “We are pleased we have been able to give Andy the opportunity of an apprenticeship over the last three years and support him through what has been an unusual apprenticeship to date.

“COVID-19 has meant college closures and lone working requirements which have meant some aspects of Andy’s training has been difficult, but he has completed his apprenticeship and is now embarking on progressing with CooperÖstlund in his new position as a Junior Rebuild Engineer.

“He has aspirations of climbing the engineering ladder, and we look forward to supporting his progress.”