Meet Our People: Road to Success
14 August 2023
Holly’s interest in machinery and engineering was probably sparked by her dad’s hobby, restoring classic cars and converting VW campers. Vans are still a hobby – more of that later – but now the passion is forging a career as a Design Engineer.
‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form College
Holly studied Engineering at Suffolk One, a local ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form College.
"Suffolk One provides a solid introduction to engineering as well as some cutting-edge technology, and they have great facilities on site. We covered a wide range of theory, practice, maths and physics. Stand-out memories were the hands-on experience of welding and sand casting.”
BSP-TEX offer apprenticeships and opportunities for engineering graduates and is aware that Suffolk One’s course is Level 3, therefore full-time employment is one possible route. BSP-TEX design and manufacture piling and ground improvement equipment, as well as a range of road maintenance machinery brands. The design office and workshops are all together on the Great Blakenham site near Ipswich. This is where they innovate, prototype, test, verify and manufacture the designs.
Holly’s passion and talent for engineering and design was clear at her interview and BSP-TEX employed Holly as a trainee Design Engineer.
"I enjoy hands-on engineering. One of the best times at BSP-TEX was working with Steve Parker. Some of the piling hammers are over 40 tonne and 10m-long and require advanced welding and a very high skill level”.
During a 2–3-year period, Holly gained experience in several departments of the business and particularly enjoyed the design for manufacturing process and using SolidWorks 3D CAD.
Holly opted to further her studies and not long ago completed a 4-year degree in Product Design Engineering at Loughborough University.
Back at BSP-TEX – this time for a brief period of employment before she travels Europe – she is now working on the Trojan range of Asphalt Mixers.
"SolidWorks is great for concurrent engineering projects and working on the Trojans really gets the brain working. The designs are undergoing numerous improvements and my task is to work with the team and capture the modifications.”
Anna Palmer, HR Officer at TEX GROUP explains how adopting a flexible approach has paid off:
"As a returning engineering student, Holly brings strong academic knowledge and relevant understanding of our industry. Having already worked with us before, she is familiar with the Tex Group and our wide range of products, meaning she can hit the ground running, which makes her a valuable addition on projects, particularly during the peak holiday season. As a business, we have found accommodating returning students provides flexible short-term staffing solutions, as well as gives them real-life work experience boosting their experience, skills and earnings; it really is a win-win situation.”
A Citroen C25 1989 motorhome, fitted with solar panels, will be home for the next few months as she travels with her partner across Europe and as far as Palermo, Italy. This may be wishful thinking, but we hope she makes her way back to TEX one day!