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Engineers can change the world.

THOSE looking for a rewarding career with meaningful qualifications and great prospects need look no further than a NETA apprenticeship.

The image of dirty workshops populated only by men in oily overalls is no longer accepted as the true face of engineering.

This has been replaced by eager young men and women travelling the globe in pursuit of the career they love.

Engineering is varied and exciting.

But don't take our word for it Former NETA apprentice Alex Nelson and Luke Simpson started their apprenticeship with NETA in 2005. Alex trained as a mechanical engineer and Luke as an electrical engineer.

Both are employed by John Gibson Projects in Middlesbrough which specialises in hydraulic heavy lifting systems. This equipment is used for projects such as the lifting and placing of huge bridge sections for companies all over the world.

Just 14 months after starting their apprenticeship the two flew out to one of their employers projects in Korea to see a lift carried out.

They assisted in the linking together of a number of power packs which powered a series of heavy lifts. The power packs had to be connected both electronically and by hydraulics. Once this was done the load out engineer controlled the lifts using a computerised system.

At the time Alex, speaking for the two, said: "We were both very excited about the trip and were looking forward to actually seeing the equipment in use. The experience was tremendous. We are amazed at how soon we were given the opportunity to go abroad to gain site experience."

Since then Alex has been to Singapore and Spain and Luke to Singapore, Italy and Mexico


ACROSS THE WORLD: Alex Nelson and Luke Simpson, who took their skills to Korea, with one of the powerpacks used in heavy lifting at NETA
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2007
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