Jack engineers national award with project

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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.”