Gavin Kerby EngTech MIMechE, Project Engineer, AM Defence and Marine
What was your route into mechanical engineering?
The university route didn’t appeal to me after completing my A-levels. I decided to pursue an apprenticeship because I wanted to expand my technical knowledge. I completed a BTEC, then an HNC. Earning and learning really appealed to me, as well as the possibility to progress and get rewarded in stages.
Funnily enough, I did end up moving on to a Foundation degree in Engineering, and I now have a full BEng degree.
Where has your career taken you?
I’ve travelled all over the UK and Europe in my career so far. I’m hoping to work in Asia, Oceania and the Americas one day, and I’m confident I’ll get there!
I’ve also worked on projects with some great companies, like Mercedes Petronas, Williams Formula One, Thales and Rolls Royce.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a project for the Turkish military. We’re creating a multi-purpose floating pontoon assembly. It works like a giant Meccano set, complete with a removable engine to make it a boat (if required) and sleeping pods. It can even carry tanks when several are joined together.
What do you like most about mechanical engineering?
I enjoy finding creative solutions to complex problems using state of the art equipment. I also get the satisfaction of seeing conceptual designs through to fruition.
What contribution do mechanical engineers make to society?
The work of mechanical engineers is all around us – from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, to the innovative products that improve peoples’ lives. Without them, the research, development and creation of new products wouldn’t happen.
Any last words of advice?
If you’re thinking about a career in mechanical engineering, consider an apprenticeship. Many industry leaders began their careers as apprentices including George Stephenson, Henry Ford and Philip Condit (CEO of Boeing).