7 years ago, at the age of 17, Joe joined Morson Projects as an Apprentice and was enrolled onto a 2-year Level 3 Apprenticeship in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. From there, Joe then successively completed his HNC, HND, and now, his Degree!

We caught up with Joe to find out more about his journey so far.

Hi Joe! How does it feel to have a First Class Honours degree?

It feels somewhat surreal having finally finished a 7-year long educational journey whilst being at Morson Projects.

Completing the degree and achieving a First whilst working full-time on demanding projects, is something I’ll always be proud of. I’m thrilled with the end result and overall achievement – the hard work paid off!

What has been the highlight of the course for you?

I would have to say the extended engineering project was the highlight of the course due to the crossovers between my day-to-day activities within my role and personal interests in electronics, software development, and engineering design. The most satisfying part of completing that module was the fact that I chose a rather ambitious project and managed to execute and deliver within the deadlines whilst attaining a great result.

What support have you had from the team at Morson Projects?

Morson Projects have fully supported and encouraged me throughout this journey. The continued support from the management and my colleagues has definitely contributed to the success that I have achieved, and for that, I’m truly grateful.

How will your degree impact on your current day-to-day role?

I believe the time management, organisational skills, and work ethic required to complete a degree whilst working full-time has contributed to my development within my current role.

The technical knowledge gained from completing the degree has broadened both my skillset and knowledge depth in Electrical Engineering. It has also opened professional and academic pathways that were once unavailable to me, for example, the option to complete a Masters Degree and the distinct possibility of gaining chartership status in the future.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

First and foremost, I enjoy the working environment my team create. It is a pleasure to work with such great colleagues in a positive, collaborative, and productive environment. As a Systems Engineer, I particularly enjoy the combination of creativity, discipline, good-practices, and design patterns in providing innovative solutions for the client. I find it rewarding that I have the opportunity to work on both new and legacy control systems that are present within the UK’s critical infrastructure.

What advice would you give to someone looking to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

Master the first principles of the subject as these are used from Level 3 all the way to degree level. It’s advantageous to be interested in the subject as this helps the learning process. Finally, make sure you like maths!