- About TNG
We have been delighted to welcome three new Engineers to the design teams.
Tom and Simon joined TNG at the beginning of October, closely followed by Michael Thompson (Senior Mechanical Engineer) just a month later.
All three have settled in well. We are enjoying getting to know them better and each bring a fresh perspective and energy into the business.
Intermediate Engineer Alex Jackson, has just completed a two day course with Elmhurst Energy in Leicestershire.
Alex is working towards becoming a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). He will be able to undertake energy assessments of existing dwellings and produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) when he has finished his training.
Elmhurst’s City and Guilds accredited Domestic Energy Assessor Training, provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to produce energy calculations using reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) methodology.
The next stage for Alex is to carry out a set of case studies. Once these are completed, he will be awarded the City and Guilds DEA qualification. Following that, Alex will be able to apply to be ‘accredited’ with the Domestic Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme.
Alex’s new skills will enhance our specialist sustainability team. He will support our in-house specialist Katarzyna Kopacz, a Low Carbon Consultant, Low Carbon Energy Assessor, BREEAM Assessor and AP.
We are delighted to welcome the latest intake of Junior Engineers into our Training Academy. Sasha Neate and Rob Motson have joined our expanding Mechanical and Electrical Engineering teams. They are both studying at Southampton City College on day release basis in order to gain the first stage of the required qualifications. The course includes a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and Building Services Engineering.
Sasha, is 16 and has recently left school with 11 GCSEs. He has joined the Academy as a Junior Mechanical Engineer and follows in his father’s and grandfather’s engineering foot steps. Robert is 20 and has had a change in career. He was introduced to TNG by a colleague and patiently waited for the Junior roles to be posted. We are so glad that he did as he starts his journey towards becoming a qualified Electrical Engineer.
With the new Juniors entering the practice, the existing Junior and Intermediate Engineers continue to advance their roles and studies. Alex Jackson is now an Intermediate Mechanical Engineer and has started the degree course at London South Bank University. Joining him in the capital, is Shannen Birks (Junior Engineer) who is enrolled on the HND course in Building Services Engineering, also at South Bank.
We find it so rewarding to support all the members of the Academy through their studies because they advance so quickly. We are delighted therefore, to welcome the newest tier of Juniors to the practice; it is an exciting time for them and us. We have a strategy to nurture our own breed of TNG Engineers that share our company values and goals, and this was our motivation when we developed the Academy. The Academy enables TNG to regularly introduce new talent, consequently providing movement and opportunity throughout the business.
We have now completed our Work Experience placements for 2016. We have looked after some friendly and enthusiastic students who will soon be returning back to school and college. The last on our list was James Mitchell, from King Edward VI School in Southampton.
This is what he said about his experience:-
“I have learnt a large amount during my two weeks at TNG. It has been an engaging, worthwhile and stimulating experience, and certainly time well spent. Apart from discovering all about the field of building services engineering, which I knew very little about before, I have been taught many vital engineering skills.
In particular, I have had lots of practice of producing drawings, using data in a variety of formats to deduce the best solution to implement, been introduced to some high-end software, and I now appreciate how many factors need to be considered and weighted during the design process. This will help me better understand engineering problems, and will be advantageous as I go forwards.
This increased understanding, as well as simply taking part in the programme will be useful for upcoming university interviews and exams. Experiencing what it is like to work in a smaller company is also beneficial.”
As a thank you for looking after him, James baked a cake for the office sporting the TNG logo! James definitely has ‘engineer’ potential, as he recognises the importance of a slice of cake with the morning cup of tea. He could also become a great baker; the cake was delicious!
TNG is determined to continue to engage with students so that we are able to encourage them to pursue a career in Building Services Engineering. We look forward to next summer’s placements and the opportunity to help more students with this very important decision.
Building Services Engineering is often a unknown career option for students; unlike the more recognisable roles in Construction, such as an Architect, Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or Civil Engineer. It is therefore, important that TNG helps to raise awareness, as this is vitally important to our success.
We need to help make more young people aware of this important role to encourage them to pursue a career in Building Services Engineering. Hopefully, these efforts will replenish the talent pool so that companies like us, can maintain a sustainable workforce and expand our businesses.
As some students wait for their exams results, others start thinking about their future career paths. Each year, TNG provides work experience placements to students over the summer months to help them make career decisions.
This year, Jevan Hales from Oasis Academy in Lord’s Hill, Southampton, started the ball rolling. Jevan was the first student through our front door; followed closely by Daniel Head from Hounsdown Secondary School in Totton. Tom Lush started his placement with us today and is from Barton Peveril College.
More information about a career in Building Services Engineering can be found on the CIBSE website.
TNG is delighted to announce that Senior Mechanical Engineer, Martin Shepherd, recently gained Low Carbon Consultant accreditation.
This accreditation means that Martin is certified by CIBSE as being competent to minimise energy use and carbon emissions from buildings both in design and operation.
We now have two certified Low Carbon Consultants at TNG, Martin and Katarzyna Kopacz; they are the only two currently registered Consultants in Southampton city centre.
Both Martin and Kat are able to:
> Confirm Building Regulation Part L Compliance;
> Advise on energy efficiency and conservation;
> Advise on, and design, low carbon and renewable technologies;
> Use passive design technologies to make the best use of shade and natural ventilation;
> Deliver the information needed to manage a building effectively and ensure that it continues to perform to its design intent after handover.