Date: December 7, 2023 10:42 am

Meet the Team – Lee

Meet the Team – Lee

Journey from Apprentice to Project Engineer at Delta Rock

 

Lee’s career at Delta Rock is testament to his dedication, hard work, and keen interest in electrical engineering. It also illustrates the passion Delta Rock has for nurturing talented electrical engineers to progress their career within the business.

Lee joined Delta Rock as an apprentice electrician 13 years ago and has since progressed to his current role of Project Engineer.

Lee’s role sees him responsible for managing projects of various values and complexities, from initial project assessment through to final commissioning and project sign-off. Although based in the office his role often takes him onto site for a variety of reasons. Firstly, meeting with clients to initially review and discuss project requirements, to managing projects. When visiting site Lee ensures projects are running smoothly and appropriate equipment is available and being used along with updating with clients to ensure deadlines are met.

The initial spark of interest

Lee’s interest in electrical engineering began while he was still at High School. He took a keen interest in product design and enjoyed constructing new ideas by hand. It was whilst on a school placement at Deeside College, to learn basics in electronics and electrical installation that initiated Lee’s interest in this field. After this experience, Lee decided that this would be the direction he would enjoy pursuing as a career path.

This led him to enrol in a PEO Level 2 electrical course at Deeside College. After completing his Level 2 studies, he naturally progressed to the Level 3 course: Electrical Installations, which provided a more in-depth understanding of electrical specialist subjects. This Level was the equivalent of the second year of an apprenticeship.

Once passing Level 3, Lee decided that he wanted to gain an Apprenticeship. So, with CV written up, Lee went around all the local industrial parks and dropped his CV off. This included Delta Rock, but on dropping his CV there, he was lucky enough to find himself actually able to speak with the Managing Director.

Lee explains:It’s pretty crazy how my apprenticeship with Delta Rock started really. Whilst dropping my CV off with a wide range of electrical companies in the local area I stopped at Delta. There I was greeted by a member of staff, I told her what I’d done and what I was looking for. At that point she called me in to speak with the Managing Director. The ad-hoc discussions seems to go well, but I wasn’t sure if anything would come of it. However, later that day, I took a call which was Delta Rock who wanted to offer me an apprenticeship. Obviously my knowledge and passion must have come across well after all. I was over the moon with the news”.

Joining Delta Rock

So from graduating from his studies in the July, by September Lee had got himself an apprenticeship with Delta Rock!

Learning on the Job

Lee’s first day on the job was a baptism of fire. He was tasked with pulling in new supply cables at a plant in Deeside. This gave him his first real experience and understanding of containment. He quickly realised that the demands and expectations on-site were much higher than in a classroom setting. As time went by, he also began to understand the challenges working on site, the demands of time scales and the importance of meeting project deadlines.

Lee added, “I have to admit it was such a contrast from the educational background I had come from. Demands and expectations were high on site with a strong focus on responsibilities and professional presentation towards the client and good time management skills. I can’t shy away from the fact in this time I did a lot of growing up and maturing in a very short space of time. That I think is the benefit of apprenticeships, they expose you to real projects and onsite work experiences”.

After two years of joining the team at Delta Rock, Lee passed his AM2, which is the final exam an apprentice does. This consists of both theory and practical tests, where you need to prove your competency in understanding electrical wiring, testing, working on circuits, lighting and heating systems (S Plan).

Fully qualified Electrician

After qualifying as an Electrician, Lee worked on a variety of sites, across various industries that Delta Rock support, including Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Waste and Waste Management and Chemical Plants.

With his growth in experience and expertise, Lee was given the opportunity to be in charge on site. Although it was initially daunting, Lee proved that he was more than capable, and it also spurred him on to want to become an Approved Electrician.

Supported by the company, Lee had to undertake an inspection and testing course, which he passed with flying colours. Lee was now a fully Approved Electrician and was able to supervise projects on site.

An eye on continuous development

As Lee continued to gain experience and grow his knowledge, he began to take on more responsibility. He supervised multiple jobs on a range of sites. Some sites involved the need for ATEX. This is an area that is deemed to have an explosive atmosphere.

ATEX requires specialist training, which Lee decided to do and gained his certification. Accumulating another qualification in his portfolio. This allows him to work within hazardous areas.

As time went on Lee wanted to progress into the office, to gain a role managing the complete projects to further his career. This wasn’t made possible until a change of management happened.

The Ethikos Group acquired Delta Rock in 2017.

 

Transitioning to the Office

In 2019, an opportunity arose for Lee to move from the field to the office. He applied for the role of Junior Project Engineer and was successful. This provided Lee to take the next steps in his career. His array of experience and knowledge on site proved to be invaluable in his new role.

Progression to Project Engineer

Just two years on, in 2021, Lee’s hard work and dedication were rewarded when he was promoted to Project Engineer. He completed the CMI Chartered Management Institute qualification, further demonstrating his commitment to professional development and a determination to continually progress and growth his knowledge and expertise.

A Rewarding Career at Delta Rock

Lee continues to enjoy working at Delta Rock because of its family atmosphere and nurturing and supportive culture. He is a strong advocate for apprenticeships, believing that they are a valuable pathway to a successful career in electrical engineering.

Lee said; Having started as an apprentice, I’m a huge advocate of that pathway. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my apprenticeship. Delta Rock apprenticeships are excellent and are constantly evolving. Delta Rock really encourages career progression. Working here is great as it has a family atmosphere, and across the team there is a huge amount of knowledge and experience, which is great, and everyone helps each other”.

Lee is another great success that proves Delta Rocks’ philosophy of training and progressing the people from within the business.

When not working Lee enjoys music and comedy and likes to attend live music and comedy shows. He also makes time to play his guitar and enjoys football and watching his favourite team.

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