Laboratory scientists will have a comprehensive scientific understanding and apply specialist knowledge to carry out a wide range of technical and scientific laboratory activities, within a specialist field, such as Life Sciences, Chemical Science, Analytical and Research and Development.
Laboratory Technicians’ carry out routine and one-off testing of, or a combination of, solids, liquids and/or gases and provide technical support in laboratory environments. They work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services.
Manufacturing Technicians operate equipment and systems within the process industry. Manufacturing Technicians are responsible for maintaining safe operations and achieving production targets. This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of production in the process industry.
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