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BSRIA engineer encourages others to pursue a career in engineering

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BSRIA test technician, Calvin Odoi, gave a presentation at Leeds College of Building as part of its careers month on 10 May. His presentation covered details about BSRIA, his role and career path to date while also covering, the progression of and opportunities available in the engineering industry.

Calvin outlined the work of BSRIA’s Test department which covered:

  • Standard, accredited and bespoke testing for projects.?
  • Research, troubleshooting, witness and on-site testing.?
  • Product development.

He explained his career path to BSRIA: “I started my apprenticeship at BSRIA in July 2013 and joined the Test Department where I have been involved with testing a variety of products associated with the building services and construction industry for performance verification purposes.

As part of my apprenticeship I enrolled at Reading College and completed a National Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. I have recently completed my NVQ Level 3 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and have also participated in a year-long internal BSRIA training course called the ‘people program’, designed to develop presentation, decision making and problem solving skills.”

Engineers and technicians touch every part of life. History has shown that those who pursue science arguably make the biggest impact to the world; incredible minds provide us with incredible ideas we once might have thought of as unbelievable but are now ingrained in our society.

Indeed, this work highlights the commitment BSRIA gives to young, bright, keen technicians and engineers who can go on to build a successful career, with ongoing training, at BSRIA. Namely, “the workforce of tomorrow”.

Calvin’s presentation on the progression of the industry included 3D printing of houses and built offsite.

Opportunities in the construction industry include:

  • Technical, supervisory, management and technical support opportunities. ?
  • Site technician, building technician, site inspector, construction planner, plant technician, estimator, civil engineering technician, design technician.?
  • Professional roles – design, engineering, finance, management & planning.?
  • Planners, designers, engineers, construction managers and surveyors.?
  • Architectural technician, building surveyor, BIM Coordinator, revit technician.

Marc Townsend, Personal Advisor / Safeguarding Officer, Student Services, Leeds College of Building, said: “Calvin’s presentation proved inspiring as well as enlightening to our students who are all looking forward to progressing into Higher Education and a career in a professional role within the industry.”

Calvin’s work fits in well with BSRIA’s INSPIRE project running throughout 2016 which includes a series of events to inspire and engage the workforce of tomorrow with what the construction industry has to offer. INSPIRE is based around the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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