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I live in the north of Manchester, England.

Name and full Address will be suplied to any interested company on request

E-mail: magpie01@globalnet.co.uk

Date of birth: 06/08/65 Nationality: British

Marital status: Single


Mechanical Skills Apprentice trained as a Centre Lathe Turner, then as part of a multi-skill program, trained in Vertical Milling and Surface Grinding.

I have also learned how to weld with MIG and manual arc, and have experience of Vertical boring, Jig boring and capstan lathe setting.

I am familiar with most Engineering Materials, from Nylon and Tuffnol through Aluminium, Cast iron, and Bronze alloys, Tool Steels and Stainless Steels, also some experience with materials like Duplex Stainless and Rubber.


Computer Skills                                     



Word AutoCAD R12
Excel AutoCAD R13
Access AutoCAD R14



Oldham College of technology

Currently studying part time for an H.N.C. in Mechanical Engineering.

Results so far. Computer Applications: 95%. Industrial and Management Studies: 88%.

Maths II: 100%. Science II 75%.

Maths III First Exam 97%


City and Guilds Certificates (also done at Oldham College)

  • 1997 Computer aided Draughting and Design (using AutoCAD)
  • 1985 Organisational Studies
  • 1984 Mechanical Engineering Craft Studies Part 3
  • 1983 Mechanical Engineering Craft Studies Part 2
  • 1992 Mechanical Engineering Craft Studies Part 1


Engineering Industry Training Board Certificates

  • 1985 H02-Turning I / H23-Turning II
  • 1986 H05-Grinding I



  • Abrasive wheels certificate (Ferranti Training Centre)
  • N.R.A. qualified range-conducting officer (For supervising Civilians in the safe use of rifles on military rifle ranges).


School Qualifications

G.C.E O-levels 1981

  • English Language (C)
  • Physics (C)
  • Design and Craftwork-metal (C)
  • Chemistry (E)

C.S.E. 1981

  • English (1) Geography (3) History (4) Mathematics (3)
  • Chemistry (2) Physics (1) Metalwork (1) Technical Drawing (1)


Record Of Employment

1995 Onward T + B Precision Ltd

I am employed as a Centre Lathe Turner but have to do Milling, Jig Boring, Vertical Boring and some welding when necessary. The work is mainly heat press tooling for automotive friction products, as well as precision turning for rotary compressors (commonly labyrinth rings). On many of these jobs the work holding is difficult and involves me designing and making my own fixtures.

The most recent design work I was involved in was the design and building of an automated machine for one stage in the production of vehicle brake pads. As part of a two-man team I was responsible for the design and manufacture of most of the moving parts, this involved rotary cutters, shafts and linear motion with pneumatic actuators. Many of the working drawings produced were done on my CAD system at home with no charge to my employer (this is the only way I have to practice the skills learned at college).


1993 to 1995 Daytona Engineering Ltd

I was employed as a turner, and worked on capstan, centre and C.N.C. lathes. I was in the process of learning how to program and set C.N.C. lathes and a vertical machining centre (both with Fanuc controls) when I was offered the job at T+B Precision.

As the work was simple mass produced assemblies for small construction industry vehicles and not as challenging as the precision work undertaken by T+B, I left the company.


1990 to 1993 Harpurhey Jigs and Tools Ltd

Here I was turning precision parts for gas compressors, from pistons and piston rods to Impellers. Some aerospace work and heat press tooling.

The company closed in 1993 forcing me into redundancy.


1988 to 1990 Parkcrest Engineering Ltd

Parkcrest was primarily involved in the repair and maintenance of lifts and equipment in the mills around Oldham. Here is where I learned to weld with MIG and Manual Arc; the machining was a mixture of working from detail drawings and samples. Castings in Bronze and Cast Iron featured heavily in the workload.

I left this employer for more precise work and better working conditions


1987 to 1988 Norvad Textile Machinery Ltd

Here I was machining Rolls for textile machines as well as the general turning, milling and fitting of components for medium sized textile finishing machines. Occasionally I had to produce work on Vertical Borers, the biggest having a 14-foot diameter table.

This company was bought out and the textile side closed down.


1981 to 1987 Ferranti Electronics Ltd

One year in the training school then on the job training as an apprentice Turner in the Tool Room. The work was mainly small precision parts for plastic injection moulds and press tooling used in the production of Integrated Circuits.

In my last year of employment with Ferranti I was trained in Milling and Grinding.

I left Ferranti when they were offering voluntary redundancy and I had a firm job offer which promised some interesting work.


Much of my spare time in the summer months is split between College work; computers and the sport of target rifle shooting, but this winter my project is to build a robot for robot wars.

I have built two computers,  constructed this web site and have used the Internet extensively in my College projects.

My main interest is the sport of Target Rifle shooting and although this year’s concentration on college work has meant less involvement, I am still quite active, having been a shooting member of the County of Lancaster Rifle team for the last six years.

I represented England in 1996 and 1997 as part of teams against Scotland, and was a member of a national team to the Channel Islands in 1996.

I have spent several years as a committee member of two clubs, and as a member of council for the County of Lancaster Rifle Association. Unfortunately lack of time has meant that my involvement at this level has had to be curtailed until my college coarse is finished and more suitable employment is found.

I enjoy eating out and socialising, I also enjoy watching films, reading books especially science fiction, and driving.


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