Engineering student Ian Lucas graduated from Coleg Sir Gâr with a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering.
Having started his career as a mechanical apprentice, it was the encouragement of his lecturers and the support of his employer, Vale Europe Ltd, which inspired Ian to further his studies to university level.
The company set Ian development goals and he began studying in an evening class. He was later promoted to lead the maintenance team within his company and at this point was encouraged to study a HNC. “The HNC and HND had benefitted me in my role at work,” said Ian. “I was also encouraged by one of the lecturers who said I had the potential to go all the way to degree level and with my BSc now completed, it’s opened up other possibilities of further progression within Vale.”
Before starting his HNC, Ian had been out of education for 10 years. “The challenge was to get back into the swing of things, like reading and completing assignments to a technical level,” he said. “However, the projects I had undertaken at HNC and degree were actual live projects that I had implemented at work.”
The mechanical engineering honours degree at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Graig campus in Llanelli, meets the needs of modern industry and is assessed by assignments, exams and project work.
Ian Lucas, MCMI engineering maintenance coordinator for Vale Europe Ltd, added: “Vale recognise the quality of Coleg Sir Gâr’s delivery due to past and current apprentices and the new technologies being developed in real time industry can be reflected through the subjects being delivered at the college.”