Machinist manufacture precision components on a lathe or milling machine. A skilled Machinist has the ability to follow drawings and accurately replicate component parts that will keep a production plant running or which are sold to customers. Traditional machining utilises a manual lathe or milling machine, which usually requires continuous operator attention.
Welders cut, shape and join sections of metal, alloys or other materials using specialist-welding methods. Common types of welding including oxy-acetylene, metal inert gas (MIG), manual metal arc (MMA), tungsten inert gas (TIG), laser and ultrasonic.
The Pipefitter/Fabricator forms an important part of the fabrication team to ensure that structures, pipework and other items are fabricated in line with the specification and in a safe manner. This role may be based in a workshop or on a process plant. Shift-work may be necessary.
A Draughtsperson tends to be found in engineering design offices in both large and small companies. They produce technical drawings and designs using traditional draughting techniques or by using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
Instrument and Control Technicians regulate and maintain measurement systems for chemical and pharmaceutical process flow, level, pressure and temperature. They are also responsible for electronic and pneumatic process control systems and safety systems.
Electrical Technicians carry out installation, commissioning, inspection, maintenance and repair activities on a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment.
Scott Atkinson, 28, and Gary Errington, 26, both earned First Class Honours Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, having progressed rapidly since signing up with the Birtley firm as young apprentices in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
The duo excelled over the four-year degree, undertaken via day-release at Northumbria University, and are now focused on putting theory into practice at Komatsu.
Scott Atkinson and Gary Errington - Mechanical Technician