Sandwell

Dudley

Walsall / Cannock

Wolverhampton

Birmingham

Redditch / Bromsgrove

How did you first get into Engineering?

When I was still at school at the age of 14 I was given the opportunity of coming on a school trip to Alucast, where I found out what working life here is like. I immediately started to like what Engineering was and decided then that I wanted to become an Engineer.

I put my name forward to the staff at Alucast, saying that after school I’d like to become an Apprentice here. In my GCSE’s I managed to achieve 2 A*’s, 3A’s, 7B’s and a C and as a result, I was proudly offered the Apprenticeship by Alucast. 

What do you like most about your current role?

My role means that I spend most of my time in the Sales department. I have constantly learnt new things, from how we quote prices for customers, purchase new tooling and patterns for various jobs and ensure our customers are satisfied.

We have many blue-chip brands as customers and I get do be heavily involved in the whole process. I have also spent a huge amount of time in the Foundry itself, acquiring engineering skills and knowledge that enables me to be the best I can be in my own role. I have been trusted to take on a lot of responsibility, such as pulling a V12 manifold for one of our premium automotive customers through our production line and ensuring that the final surface finish was up to scratch.

I am currently studying towards a Level 2 Maintenance and Performing Engineering Operations course, which hopefully will lead on to Level 3, HNC and HND.

Would you recommend a Career in Engineering to other young people and why?

I would absolutely recommend a career in Engineering to any young people. It is varied, interesting and so rewarding. I am extremely passionate and grateful that I get to do a job that I love and that I have been given this opportunity.

I love the company I work for and with drive and determination know that I can progress further within the business and become the best possible Sales Engineer that I can be.

There are also lots of opportunities to progress your education right up to and beyond degree level as part of an Apprenticeship, whilst getting paid and learning valuable skills at work.

Kieran Marsden

Apprentice Technical Sales Engineer
Alucast