Energy and enthusiasm nets RAF engineer prestigious award

An RAF Flight Sergeant has won a prestigious award in recognition of his energy and enthusiasm for engineering.

Award winner Flight Sergeant Steve Williams  

Flight Sergeant Steve Williams is the recipient of the 2013 Baroness Platt of Writtle Award, presented by the Worshipful Company of Engineers. The prestigious annual award recognises the achievements of a newly registered Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Steve, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) was presented with a prize of £1000, a certificate and a medal.

Early career to present day

Steve has served in the RAF for 28 years and has worked on the maintenance of the Harrier and the Sea King, has been assigned to the Merlin Project Team and has managed the Typhoon Avionics Regional Centre. He currently supervises engineering and generic training at the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington. He is well acquainted in the maintenance of aircraft and components, devising and developing processes and equipment or ensuring the provision of tooling to reduce safety risks.

Steve said, “I am delighted to have received this award. The recognition enhances my credibility as an engineer and helps me build my future career goals. I think my skills as a professional review interviewer have helped me to encourage others to add robustness to their careers through professional registration, whether they are an Engineering Technician or Incorporated Engineer, and looking also to become a Chartered Engineer. I hope that this award will encourage others in their own pursuit of professional registration with an engineering institution such as the IET.”

Strong Praise

The award co-ordinator, Dr Peter Blair-Fish said “We had some very strong nominations for the Baroness Platt award. Steve impressed the judges with his energy and enthusiasm for engineering, problem solving and innovation, work for professional institutions, as a role model for younger people, and tenacity in pursuit of IEng”.

Commodore Barry Brooks, a former nuclear submarine engineer, now Deputy President of the IET, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and a strong advocate for engineers and technicians achieving professional registration, said: “Congratulations to Steve for showing the strengths and agility that military engineers possess in undertaking complex engineering tasks in difficult circumstances, whilst always setting an example for high standards of professionalism.”

Steve also helps the development of other engineers, is a Professional Review Interviewer and supports the engineering profession as a STEM ambassador, mentoring school teams in, for example, the design, build, test and flight of model aircraft.