School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Kieron Fallows

Mechanical Technician

Background

Introduction

I am a mechanical technician working for the School of Marine Science and Technology. I completed an advanced level apprenticeship in engineering through Rolls Royce North East Training Centre and have worked at the university since 2010. 


Roles and Responsibilities 

My main role within the University is to support students, academic and research staff and commercial contractors carrying out projects in the hydrodynamics laboratory. This includes manufacturing scale models of vessels, tidal turbines etc. to be tested in the school facilities and designing and manufacturing equipment and test rigs needed to run the experiments. I also operate the school facilities, such as the wind wave current tank and the towing tank.I am involved in the training of apprentice technicians, ensuring that they are competent in workshop procedures and use of equipment. I also often supervise students during practical work periods. This includes advising them on project design, construction techniques and instruction on the safe use of hand and machine tools. I am also standby crew for the school research vessel the Princess Royal, currently moored at Blyth.


Qualifications

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 2012

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering 2012

NVQ level 3 in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 2012


Memberships

Professionally registered technician (EngTech)

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)


Informal Interests

Weightlifting/Keeping fit

Gaming

Socialising and meeting new people