Ryan Morgan

Engineering Technician in the Test Department

About you:

When I left school, I decided to go down the apprenticeship route with an insurance company where I worked for 6 months gaining a half-qualification in level 2 business administration. However, once I had realised that an office job wasn’t for me, I decided move on to a more hands-on, practical role by studying the electrical and electronic engineering BTEC level 3 course at the Colchester institute, resulting in achieving a double grade distinction merit which helped to secure an apprenticeship within Pickering Interfaces.


Your key duties and responsibilities:

My first placement within the organisation is with the production test department. The team is responsible for testing the organisations products using a range of test techniques, during which various types of test equipment are used, for example: ATE systems, multimeters, oscilloscopes ensuring the products pass within their test specification criteria.


Explain why you chose to start an apprenticeship with Pickering:

I have always found electrical and electronic principles interesting and therefore have based my career aspects within this field. The apprenticeship at Pickering Interfaces was attractive for me because of the wide variety of products they produce, and equipment that they use to do so… I knew that getting work experience with these products would test my capabilities and push me to get the best out of myself.

The apprenticeship scheme at Pickering is very well structured, I will be spending at least 4-5 months in different departments within the organisation over the course of 2 years, this allows me to learn more about Pickering and how each team does their part. This allows for great career prospects once the apprenticeship has been completed.

Another influence for me wanting to start an apprenticeship with Pickering would be the fact that I can pick up valuable work experience and qualifications, starting with my BTEC level 3 with the hopes of moving on towards HNC and degree level engineering, all whilst earning a decent salary.


How do you balance work and study?

The apprenticeship scheme at Pickering Interfaces works on a day release basis, I work at Pickering from Monday-Thursday and attend classes at the Colchester Institute every Friday to learn the academic side of my work and pick up a BTEC level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

During quiet moments at Pickering I am allowed to work on my assignments that are given to me by the college. This is great because my colleagues are very knowledgeable and are always happy to help.


Future aspirations:

After my first year I want to pick up my BTEC level 3 in Electrical & Electronic engineering, once I have completed this course I will be moving on to do a level 3 maths course during the summer of 2018 which will prepare me for the level 4 ‘HNC’ course. Once I have gained my HNC qualification there is a chance of going to university and getting a degree, which I would love to do.

I have enjoyed working at Pickering, therefore I would love the chance to progress within the company and stay for many years.