I’m Bradley Savoldelli and I’m a Sampling Product Specialist at Proserv and I want to talk about why I’ve decided to become an engineer.
I’ve always been very hands on, stripping car engines and getting my hands dirty. So, it isn’t a shock that I decided to do a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship.
I’ve overcome quite a few things while doing my apprenticeship. I was really struggling with the Maths side and it wasn’t until one of the teachers at college started looking at my work and asking me questions that we discovered I was dyslexic, with both numbers and words. It hadn’t been picked up before so it was a relief to finally discover the real reason behind why I found certain exercises so difficult in the classroom.
I was never the most academic; however, I had a passion for fixing and engineering things. That mixed with a strong work ethic has stood me in great stead, proving that I can add value and still be able to complete a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering despite some challenges I’ve faced.
My time is split between the workshop and office, as well as travelling offshore and internationally to train customers and colleagues. I’ve just got back from trips to America and Mexico where I carried out training on the servicing and maintenance of our sampling products within sampling laboratories for a number of customers and also a University.
Being in a technical support role within the workshop has allowed me to gain great knowledge and without that, I wouldn’t be able to train others globally. I have a great relationship with our clients, providing them with a complete lifecycle service from design to execution.
My ultimate goal is to be running a facility like the one I work in. I am taking the time to shadow members of our Business Development team so that I can learn new skills when it comes to the commercial side of things, including negotiation.
Do you have any advice for future engineers starting out?
Whenever I speak to new apprentices, I always say learn from your mistakes and please be confident enough to ask questions, however silly you think they are as they’re often not! And don’t let bumps in the road put you off achieving your end goal – I’m proof that these bumps are only obstacles that you can recover from.