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Case Study

Cameron, Apprentice, James Fisher Marine Services Ltd

I decided to become an apprentice because I wanted to develop more on my engineering and electrical knowledge and this was the perfect opportunity as it contains many different engineering aspects which are Hydraulics, Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics. Also, being an apprentice I get to see and experience first hand what goes on in this type of workplace.

I help maintain the ROV Systems when they come back from offshore, this means carrying out work on the Launch and Recovery systems, Tether Management systems and the vehicle itself. I also assist in fault finding on individual components such as Cameras, Thrusters, Sonars and the Vehicle electronics pod and the manipulator skids. I also maintain the containers to ensure that we can get good use out of them and they don’t rust, this means grinding down and repainting them. I also help carry out general workshop tasks.

I enjoy expanding my engineering and electrical knowledge and putting my current experience into action in the workshop. I also enjoy meeting new people from different aspects of this industry. The most interesting thing I have learnt is how ROVs are used to help support the industry for example carrying out inspections to ensure that everything is ok and that it can still operate safely.”

The Apprentice course is under the Advanced Apprenticeship Framework: It’s Engineering Manufacture: Mechanical manufacturing engineering Level 3 (Mechatronics Maintenance Technician)

Entry requirement is Min of four GCSE’s at Grade D/3 or above (or equivalent). Its Monday and Tuesday at Collage and Wed-Friday in house at James Fisher Marine Services Ltd.