Technician of the Year for Engineering
Paul Wright is Engineering Technical Manager at Liverpool John Moores University.
Paul’s career started in 1976 with a five year marine engineering apprenticeship with a small Liverpool ship repair company. By 1981 the downturn in UK engineering was well under way and so after a number of temporary engineering jobs he took a full time course in robotics.
This change in direction led Paul to join Liverpool John Moores University in 1986 as a research technician in its grinding research laboratory. Here he worked with Professor Brian Rowe on a number of industry led research projects, and gained an Ordinary National Certificate ONC in electronics and a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in mechatronics. This, along with new equipment and skills, helped Paul provide better technical support to the research group.
In 2004 Paul moved to his current position of Technical Manager, where he co-ordinates technical support for all undergraduate programmes in the School of Engineering. Developing new laboratory experiments to compliment engineering theory and passing on engineering knowledge to students and the school’s apprentices gives Paul great job satisfaction.
He gained a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in 2007 and quickly filled the gap left by finishing his degree with the Formula student competition. For this educational motorsport competition, Paul works with a team of advisors to support the University’s engineering students in designing, building and racing a single seat racing. He describes this as, “one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on”.
Engineering Technical Manager
Liverpool John Moores University