Neil Curl, Project Manager, Alucast
My role, as project manager, is to ensure a smooth transition, from the customer’s order being taken, to final hand-over for production of the item.
The job involves both shop floor and office work, which I love.
It is helpful to be outgoing and to be able to give clear instructions as this is vital for successful production.
I always enjoyed school, particularly the social side. I liked PE and played football outside school, learning about teamwork from an early age.
In D&T, we covered electronics, woodwork, photography and 2D drawing but my favourite topic was metalwork.
I went from school straight into an apprenticeship.
I started work as a moulding/core-making apprentice, becoming a full-time moulder after 3 years.
I achieved NVQ Level 3 in engineering and foundry practice and progressed to sand foundry supervisor where I gained management skills and learned more about technical production.
I moved on to become a project engineer and am now project manager.