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Zytronic, Investing in the next generation of Engineers

07 June 2016

At Zytronic we’re not only dedicated to the advancement of our touch sensor technology, but also the talent and knowledge of our staff.

This is why we are proud to be involved with a local apprenticeship training scheme; ETC (Engineering training centre) North East, formally Rolls Royce engineering training centre; An approved training provider based in Newcastle upon Tyne, offering apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training in mechanical, fabrication, electrical and general engineering, at NVQ levels 2 and 3.

Zytronic currently employ two apprentices;

Kyle Gair was hired in June 2015, to serve an apprenticeship as a multi-skilled Maintenance Craftsperson, assigned to the Maintenance department. Kyle left school and attended Rolls Royce engineering training centre to start his first year of an engineering apprenticeship in 2014.

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Kyle is now in his second year of his apprenticeship and attends TyneMet College, studying towards a BTEC Diploma in Engineering and will progress to a HNC level in Engineering.

Our second apprentice Liam Jackson, joined Zytronic in March 2016, to serve an apprenticeship as a Production Technician, assigned to the Production Technician department. Liam will spend his time learning about the design and manufacturing process needed to produce our proprietary PCT™ and MPCT™ touch screen technology.

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Liam left school and attended ETC North East training centre to start his first year of an engineering apprenticeship in 2015. Liam is in his first year of his apprenticeship and also attends TyneMet College studying towards a BTEC Diploma in Engineering, and will also progress to a HNC level in Engineering.

Engineering Manager, Dougie Wilson commented “Despite not having any previous work experience, apprentices can be highly effective in bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective into the workplace, it is our intention to continue to hire and train apprentices to ensure that we have the correct skills and resources available to meet the needs of the business going forward”

Our award winning Research and Development team has also grown, with two new electronic engineers, Charlie Woods and Terry Ho, two recent graduates from local universities.

Charlie recently graduated from the University of York with a MEng in Electronic Engineering, specialising in; digital electronics, software engineering and maths & Programming. He has previous experience dealing with the creation of App’s, using both PC and Android, working as a Specifications Manager at The University of York Student Union/Electronics Department.

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Terry joined us from Durham University, where he completed his PhD, focusing on Offshore Wind Farm Grid Connection and Electrical systems. While studying for his PhD Terry was also employed by the university as a Senior Laboratory demonstrator; teaching, demonstrating and guiding undergraduate students in Digital and Analogue Electronics, Electrical machines and Drives as well as Real-time Computing.

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The pair will complement our team by offering additional product development and design support for new projects to Zytronic’s customers globally.

Commenting on the new arrivals, Dr. Andrew Morrison, Technical Director, said:  “The key to any successful team is getting the right people, with the right knowledge. Extending our R&D team with the inclusion of Charlie and Terry offers Zytronic additional resources, and new perspectives, to not only to increase our support capabilities, but to ensure the evolution of Zytronic’s technology”

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