A YOUNG engineer made a national impact after winning a prestigious award.
University of Sunderland student, Jack Patterson, claimed The Year in Industry Contribution to the Business Award 2014, after beating eight other regional winners from around the UK in the grand final.
The accolade from The Royal College of Engineering, came after Jack gave a presentation on the contribution he had made to Washington-based engineering firm, Orwin, during his work placement.
He said: “My work was for a Turkish company who make razor blades. I took on an old design which was a similar machine they made six years for ago for a previous product range. I redesigned the machine so it would produce the new part and improve some of the assembly processes.”
With Jack’s hard work the £370,000 order was delivered on schedule, and he went on to work on other high profile projects and become an integral member of the design team.
David Maughan, design manager at Orwin, said: “It was clear from an early stage that Jack has the potential to develop into a very capable design engineer. He is well above the standard that would normally be expected at this stage of his career.”
The Mechanical Engineering student found the paid full-time placement through the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) who run the Year in Industry gap year programme and are the largest provider of this type of opportunity.
After winning the regional award for Yorkshire and the North-East, Jack was presented with the national award at a ceremony in London.
The 22-year-old has now settled back into life at the Wearside university as he begins the final year of his degree.
Despite the success and the promise of an exciting future he is keen to focus on the present and said: “I have been offered a chance to go back to Orwin permanently, but I’m concentrating on getting a good degree first and then I’ll decide the sector I want to go into.”