A Day In The Life of An adi Automotive Apprentice
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, we’re sharing the stories of our current adi Apprentices to give you an insight into what a engineering apprenticeship involves.
Today, we meet Kieran, who is in the third year of an Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures & the Environment) Apprenticeship working within our Automotive division.
Arrive at adi Automotive Office based at Car Manufacturing Plant
I prepare material and equipment for today’s job using the information given to me by my supervisor, and using drawings detailing the work.
After making sure that we have all necessary paper work i.e. (block permits, method statements and risk assessments), we head onto site where we would go through the installation with the supervisor and an electrician to make sure it is carried out correctly.
We begin to install the SWA (steel wired armoured) cable from the Distribution Panel Board along the ladder rack to a smaller distribution board which will feed the walkway lights. Using a Scissor lift to access high level ladder rack
I begin to gland terminate the SWA cable first at the first lights location glanding into the galvanised steel trunking, then at the 3 phase distribution board under the supervision of a qualified electrician.
Once the SWA cable is terminated we then pull in single 2.5mm cables in galvanised steel trunking to each light point where they would later be terminated.
We begin to go around and fix and terminate all the new Smart LED Thoroproof lighting in the walk ways which automatically turns on the light when detecting movement through a Smart Micropod built into the light. Because these lights are LED they will also be saving our customer money in a reduction of energy used.
I begin to perform dead and live test on the lighting circuit to make sure that it’s been wired correctly and that there are no faults that could possibly harm someone or damage the lights. All readings will be recorded on a test sheet and sent to the office where they will be checked to make sure they meet BS7671 wiring regulations.
We begin to clear our work area making sure that there is no material left on the floor and place our tool in a secure site box.
Apprenticeships are a big part of adi Group’s talent stream. We are a proud member of The 5% Club. By joining the Club, we have committed to the aim of ensuring that within the next five years, 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices on structured earn and learn programmes.
In October 2014, we launched our very own Apprentice Academy to develop and mentor youngsters into the world of engineering. Joining our apprentice academy gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience and develop your skills within the engineering industry. We take on Apprentices within each of our 22 business divisions which means the experiences are endless.
Some of our current apprentices work across the Group in; Automotive, Electrical, Mechanical, Facilities Management, Process Pipework and Business Administration.
For more information on our current apprenticeship vacancies visit: http://adiltd.co.uk/careers/BACK TO ARTICLES