Dean Love, Patternmaker / CNC Programmer, Thomas Dudley Ltd
My job is to produce tooling for the customer and foundry, programming the CNC and working from engineering drawings to specific tolerances, using various material billets allowing the CNC to cut to produce tooling.
My work place is part office (programming) and part shop floor (CNC machine based).
I work as part of a team which is a great atmosphere to work in.
You need to be able to work on own initiative but equally as part of a team. You need to get along with the people to create a good working atmosphere.
I took 8 GCSEs at Alexandra High School, enjoying Design Technology and Art which I wanted to pursue when I left school. I enjoyed all sports, ran with Tipton Harriers for 6 years and played Sunday morning football for Toll-End FC for many years.
I got a Modern Apprenticeship at 16 at Triplex Foundry with day release at Sandwell College for 4 years where I gained all the qualifications to become a Patternmaker (Patternmaking Part 1, 2, & 3. Foundry Studies Part 1) and also gained NVQ Level 2 & 3 in engineering in-house at Triplex.
After 16 years I took my current job at Thomas Dudley where I have worked for 5 years. During my time at Thomas Dudley I have done additional software programming courses.