An auto electrical technician at Bentley Motors, Charlotte gained her Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration after completing an IET approved apprenticeship scheme. She is now working towards a BEng with honours degree then hopes to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
“Once I finished the apprenticeship EngTech was the next step in my own career development. Long term I would like to become Chartered, so this is the first stepping stone in that direction.”
Charlotte began working for Bentley Motors in 2007 when she joined its advanced apprenticeship scheme. She applied halfway through the first year of her AS levels as she realised that route was not for her, and she gained her current role on the completion of the scheme.
“My everyday work sees me implementing and integrating prototype electrical systems, diagnosing and rectifying electrical faults on a cars’ system and developing harnesses for various projects - designing, building, testing and fitting.”
“I enjoy the variety of work that the workshop deals with on a week-to-week basis,” she continues. “I like change and working on new projects that allow me to develop new skills or build upon skills I already have.
“The most interesting project I have worked on recently was one that actually was for college. I chose to highlight problem areas that we have within the workshop, identify solutions and cost up potential ideas (if needed). I presented the findings to management and some of the changes have now been implemented, with others being considered.”
As the scheme was approved by the IET she was then able to put herself forward for EngTech registration.
“The accredited scheme meant that the IET had already reviewed the work we carried out while undertaking the apprenticeship and were satisfied that what we had to complete was to the standard that they were looking for. This made life easier as it meant I only had to submit my college certificates and a witness statement from my manager as evidence the courses were completed, as opposed to carrying out extra work,” she explains.
“Personally I think [professional registration] is a really good idea,” she says. “It allows anyone who wishes to work to a ‘set’ standard and to be reassured that universally people will recognise the work and effort an individual has achieved. I also believe it is a definite plus point on a CV.
Charlotte believes that it’s important that technicians do get recognition for their work, as their job is highly skilled.
“It shows that an individual is capable of working to a high standard in not just one area but several (multi-skilled),” she says. When a technician is professionally registered it also shows commitment to the profession. Technicians to engineers are what nurses are to doctors - undervalued.”
Charlotte recently completed an electrical/electronic foundation degree and is now carrying on to complete a full BEng honours degree within the next two years. At this stage she hopes to take the next step forward in her professional development plan, which is to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) professional registration.
When asked what advice she’d give to anyone considering EngTech professional registration, her response was: “Apply today!”