My name is Jamie Killington and I’m a Junior Engineer at MPI Offshore.
I began working as an apprentice CAD Draughtsman in June 2014 and was put through an NVQ, Fabrication Welding HNC, and a Civil Engineering HNC. Once qualified, I began working as a CAD Draughtsman while attending Teesside University, one day per week, to complete a Civil Engineering Degree. I am now a Junior Engineer and continue to learn under the supervision of lead engineers, draughtsman and project managers.
At this moment my main workload is based around the O&M work that MPI Resolution and MPI Adventure are currently undertaking. I enjoy this work and find it expands my learning. The projects come thick and fast, and my responsibilities cover many aspects: draughting, engineering (lift plans), attending client meetings, and producing daily project reports, to name a few. I also got the opportunity to be on board for the Gwynt Y Mor main bearing exchange project, which was a great learning experience.
MPI has continued to help my development and fund my learning. I am part of a ‘degree apprenticeship’; in which Teesside University and the Institution of Civil Engineers have teamed to create an extended learning plan in which you can achieve Incorporated Engineer status as well as graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. MPI, and the engineering department especially, have encouraged and continue to support me through this qualification.
MPI pushes everyone to improve their skills regardless of their role. The company encourages regular appraisals with line managers to discuss progress, targets and personal goals. The staff at MPI have been extremely patient and helpful throughout my training. As a younger member of the team, I am encouraged and motivated by working alongside experienced colleagues who have helped me get a real understanding of the business.