“A hard-working professional engineer with nine years of industrial experience, I am committed to finding innovative design solutions to a range of problems, I am also highly driven and want opportunities where I can develop my skills further….”
I have extensive experience and use of composite materials including using the Resin Infusion technique with vacuum bagging in both glass and carbon fibre reinforcements. I have used Resin Film Infusion (SP sprint), Resin Transfer Moulding and Pre-preg systems. I have also been involved with hand layup processes, on a range of marine and automotive applications. I have machining skills, such as milling, drilling, turning and welding, as well as experience of working with heavy machinery and measuring instruments.
Recent work has involved 2D CAD Auto cad LT 2008 and Pro-desktop – which I am very comfortable with for producing engineering drawings. I had considerable experience using Maxsurf and Hydromax Versions 8.5 at university on my first degree, successfully completing several final year university projects, including a fast ferry hull design and a complete ship design, RMS St Helena. In my Master’s degree (2014) I used Paramarine and produced some interesting surface vessel hull analysis for one of the warship design module. The projects I have worked on in the marine industry have included all aspects of the propulsion arrangements and machinery spaces. I have designed several boats for myself too, including a ‘sculling’ rowing boat and a submarine. I have also used Pro-engineer and Pro-Mechanica wildfire 2.0, these were used to designed engine cranks and valve trains, carrying out basic stress analysis. I am a confident user of Microsoft Office including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Paint.
My main interests outside of work are cars and engines, I have built and help build several quite extensively modified cars, from engine building and tuning to full re-sprays. I am also a fan of the WRC Rally Championship and the BTCC British Touring Cars. Over the last few years I have been designing my own mid engined sports car, a ‘LOCOST’. So far I have made a rolling chassis from developing my own 2d CAD drawings. This is going to be a very light weight and powerful car which will be road legal but used mainly for track days. Another practical project is my house, which I am in the middle of fully renovating. My obsession with lotus finally meant me buying my late spec Lotus Elise S1 last year, which is a lovely second car to own.
I have always had an interest in ocean going vessels and submarines and also in modern history, the Second World War period most particularly. This interest in war ships and submarines was one of the key things that got me into marine engineering and naval architecture. I have always been interested in engineering, marine craft and building things. I enjoy playing squash, golf, paintballing and karting. Music is very important to me too and I enjoy making my own homemade wine and cider.
Recently I have started looking at my health more seriously and looked at how I can improve my fitness, running and cycling are my two main forms of exercise and I have started training to run the Manchester run in 2015. Although I am certainly fit enough currently to do this, I am training to finish in a time of under 40 minutes which will be more challenging than just completing it for fun. Part of this blog will be designed to cover my training and how I plan to achieve this target, the other to showcase some of my automotive products and car tuning work I have developed working on my Locost….