Hi Rob! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?
They will definitely learn something new. Aviation is not a subject that is widely known about. Students don’t generally enrol on the course with a strong understanding of the subject. Although there is some cross over to other engineering areas, students will generally have very little in-depth knowledge of the subject.
tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born in Motherwell, central Scotland. I lived there until I was 17, at which point I joined the Royal Air Force.
I served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer for 23 years. I began my service at RAF Lossiemouth in the Moray region of Scotland as an aircraft mechanic on Buccaneer aircraft. I then moved to RAF Leuchars on Fife, where I worked on Tornado fighter aircraft before finishing my Air Force career at RAF Cosford as a technical instructor and office manager
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Interacting with students. Seeing them engage with a subject and find it genuinely interesting. Helping them to successfully complete their units and ultimately achieve a qualification that will allow them to seek employment in an exciting and diverse engineering sector.
How do you and your team get the best out of students?
As we are all ex-RAF service personnel we bring a certain level of discipline to the sessions. We work hard while in college and encourage students to continue to work hard while at home. However, we also bring a lot of forces humour to the classroom to break up lessons and keep students engaged.
Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.
The visits to RAF Cosford always go down well. It allows the students access to multi-million pound aviation training facilities.
List a few of the main career progression opportunities.
Aircraft maintenance mechanic, aircraft maintenance technician.
what do you do in your spare time?
Football is my main passion, I am a Celtic supporter.
I also love live music. Going to festivals and gigs. Favourite bands are Kasabian, Courteeners, Stereophonics and some old school Oasis and The Stone Roses.
I’d be working on aircraft in Glasgow or Aberdeen where a lot of my ex-RAF friends work.
IF I WEREN’T A TUTOR
A laptop with Football Manager installed, a generator to run it & suncream – I’m from Scotland so I burn easily!
THREE THINGS I’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND
Getting the Aviation courses approved and up and running!
MY CAREER HIGHLIGHT