A mechanical engineering student from Blyth has won a top national award for The Year in Industry 2014.
Jack Patterson scooped the award as a result of his impressive work with Washington-based Orwin, one of the UK’s biggest automation and special purpose machine builders.
Jack, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Sunderland, won the award as national winner 2014, sponsored by the Lloyds Register Foundation.
At a tense finals event in London, Jack and eight other regional winners presented their projects to a panel of expert judges.
Following detailed questioning and careful deliberation, Jack’s project was judged to have made the most significant contribution to his host company.
Jack was tasked to re-design and project-manage the manufacture of a £370,000 razor blade assembly machine for a new product range, a task he completed.
Jack said: “A major benefit to me has been learning and practising ‘soft’ management skills in my role.
“It has given me perspectives which I am sure will be of great value as I choose the continuing options and modules on my course.”