Graduate first in the UK to achieve prestigious engineering status

Chris Jone's Award
Chris Jones (pictured right) presented with a certificate confirming his Incorporated Engineering status

20 December 2013 

An Aston University graduate is the first person in the UK with an engineering power systems degree to achieve the status of Incorporated Engineer. 

Christopher Jones was awarded the important accolade, which recognises proven competence, after graduating from Aston in 2012 with a 1st in BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems).  

The degree provides engineers with the chance to combine distance learning with attendance for examinations and can boost earnings potential and improve career prospects. It is an Engineering Gateways course which offers a pathway to professional qualification for working engineers who are unable to commit to full-time study. The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and Aston is the only institution to currently offer it. 

Before joining the University, Christopher served an electrical maintenance apprenticeship with the Royal Air Force. After eight years, and gaining a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, he joined the National Grid, his current employer. He took a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering at Aston, graduating with a distinction, and went on to study Professional Engineering.  

Christopher said: “The combination of National Grid’s practical training, combined with Aston University’s theoretical study has made me into a well-rounded engineer, giving me a detailed understanding of the electrical environment around me.  The knowledge I have obtained has built foundations which will enable me to advance to Chartered Engineering status.” 

Ken Trapp MEIT, Team Leader, Landulph Team, National Grid, said:“The BEng programme has provided National Grid with an enthusiastic and very technically knowledgeable Engineer.  The challenges facing the field engineering teams require a range of advanced skills and knowledge to ensure we can maintain our exceptional standards of security of supply. I consider the training and knowledge instilled in Chris, along with his enthusiasm for Engineering, as a very real asset to our Substation Team within National Grid.” 

Chris achieving the status of Incorporated Engineer demonstrates the value of this unique type of programme in producing high calibre professional engineers

Dr Nagi Fahmi, Programme Director, BEng Professional Engineering said: “Chris achieving the status of Incorporated Engineer demonstrates the value of this unique type of programme in producing high calibre professional engineers.  Aston, guided by the Engineering Council Gateway initiative, has adopted an innovative way of engineering education that aimed to address the shortage of graduates in the UK engineering market.” 

Dr Trevor Oliver, Deputy Dean & Associate Dean Undergraduate Programmes, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University said: “Aston is delighted that Chris Jones is the first graduate from our BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) programme to achieve professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer with the IET.  Throughout his studies Chris has benefitted from the close co-operation between the University and his employer, National Grid.” 

In addition to obtaining two degrees, Christopher also undertook training within the National Grid and was awarded a NEBOSH certification and Senior Authorised Person status. 


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