Lye based die casting specialists HCM Engineering have further expanded their growing Apprenticeship scheme with the appointment of McKensie Tiernan as Apprentice Assembly Technician.
McKensie, a former full-time Engineering student at Dudley College, was successful in gaining the position as Apprentice Assembly Technician and commences a five-year Apprenticeship.
HCM Managing Director Mike Hanson comments: “HCM Engineering are delighted to welcome onboard our latest recruit to join our Apprenticeship scheme, McKenzie Tiernan.
We would also like to celebrate fellow Apprentice Assembly Technician Jamie Beddall who has completed his first year with excellent results.
“Our Assembly Technicians are multi-skilled individuals responsible for maintaining, repairing, and manufacturing a range of High-Pressure dies, Low Pressure dies, Gravity dies and Trim tools to a very high standard.
“There is so much for McKenzie and Jamie to learn from us as he develops within the business, and I would say it takes up to 10 years to fully learn our craft. McKenzie will join Jamie, working under the instruction of the highly skilled team of Paul Wharton & Richard Johnson”.
Founded in 1969, HCM Engineering have experience in all areas of die casting for a cross section of industry from Automotive – on and off road, Agriculture/Construction, Electrical, Oil and Gas, Leisure and lifestyle.
The company is developing its’ Apprenticeship scheme as a direct result of being involved in the Next Gen Makers Engineering Apprenticeships: Best Practice Programme; learning from and sharing ideas with other manufacturing and engineering firms relating to running successful Apprenticeship schemes.
As part of this, the team at HCM Engineering have established a closer working relationship with Dudley College of Technology, engaging with activity to raise awareness of the company and attract Apprentice applicants.
The employer engagement team at Dudley College led by Emily North offered support and guidance to ensure HCM Engineering found the best fit individual for their role.
Mike adds: “At HCM Engineering we offer the best 3-5 year apprenticeship to future proof our business & with the help of the Next Gen Makers Engineering Apprenticeships: Best Practice Programme, we are making excellent strides forward.
“We are developing our Apprenticeship scheme as a direct result of being involved in the Best Practice Programme; learning from and sharing ideas with other manufacturing and engineering firms. Hearing from others has opened my eyes to different ways of approaching the role Apprentices could play in our business moving forward”.
In addition to Jamie Beddall, McKenzie follows the appointment in recent years of Luke Hanson within the CNC Machining team at HCM Engineering as part of the influx of young talent into the workforce.