Jordon left school with some good GCSE grades but, unlike his peers, decided that he didn’t want to go to an A-level college. He didn’t want College to feel like school, so he chose Eastleigh College because he thought it was a better environment in which to further his education and gain employment; Jordon learns better through practical learning. He said, “I like to see how something works, why it works, and then read the theory about it.”
Having always been a practical person, Jordon enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together, so he thought a career in Engineering would be a good option for him. After visiting the College at an Open Event, Jordon really liked the look of the equipment used in engineering practices.
What Jordon enjoys most about engineering is finding faults and solving complex problems. His favourite units while studying at College were electrical installation, welding and computer-aided design (CAD), but his interest specifically in the electrical elements was what motivated him to focus on this in his career.
Towards the end of his course one of Jordon’s lecturers suggested that he should apply for an electrical engineering role with Viking recruitment. Jordon was successful, and began studying Electrical Engineering at Warsash Maritime Academy. He studied there for a further two and a half years before becoming qualified as an Electro-technical Engineer.
Being an Electro-technical Officer in the navy involves working with high-voltage equipment in the engine rooms, navigation equipment such as radar, radio and GPS, and also steering equipment. Jordon is involved in planned maintenance and breakdown recovery in order to keep the ship running ship-shape!
Working on ships is great for him, as he is eager to travel around the world and experience life on a ship. With technology advancing so quickly and containing many electrical components, Jordon gets to work on exciting new projects on a regular basis.
He says the most challenging part of working on ships is maintenance, as often the manuals he references aren’t detailed so you have to use your initiative to get something fixed! The most exciting part of the ship for Jordon is the propulsion motor – at 15ft high and 18ft across, the motor has enough power to supply 2,000 houses.
The most exciting part of my job is maintenance on the ships, particularly the propulsion motor which is 15ft high and 18ft across!
Studying a vocational course helped Jordon make the transition into work where he needed to be hands-on completing practical tasks on a daily basis.
His advice to other students looking to work in a similar field would be to work as hard as possible to make sure your open up opportunities for yourself in the future, and most of all to enjoy what you do!
In the future, Jordon plans to get as much experience in the field as possible, with the possibility of continuing his studies at University or becoming certified as a Senior Electro-technical Officer.
To find out more about the Engineering courses offered at Eastleigh College, please visit our careers page or call 023 8091 1299.
Luke, Business Admin
Level 3 Diploma Business Administration
Luke used his Business Administration course to excel in a career as an Account Manager for a finance company, complete with his own company car!
Rachel - Accountancy apprentice
Level 2 Accountancy | Levels 3 & 4 Accountancy Apprenticeship
Rachel was steered to study A-Levels but soon realised she would do better in more work-focused education, and now she's thriving in her chosen career.