Michael Douglas

Curriculum Manager/Engineering Lecturer

Length of time worked at New College Durham:  3 years

Describe your academic experience:

I have been delivering engineering qualifications and managing several different curriculum areas during my eight years in education. I have delivered various modules on the BTEC Level 3 and HNC/HND Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. 

Describe your experience working in industry/the workplace:

I started my engineering career as an apprentice maintenance technician, progressing to the role of a production engineer working in various different manufacturing sectors. I have significant experience of working in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and the heavy industry sector. I have worked for companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, Greggs, TMD Friction, and Reckitt and Benckiser.

Describe your role at New College Durham:

My role at New College Durham is Curriculum Manager for the Engineering Department. I supervise 15 teaching staff and ensure that all the college’s quality procedures are followed and all course are delivered to an extremely high standard.

Why did you decide to teach at New College Durham?

I was teaching in another college based in the North East and wanted to progress my career into management.

What is the best part of your job?

Watching students progress from inexperienced school leavers to highly skilled engineers, working in industry.

What are your research areas/interests?

Continuous improvement, Allen Bradley PLC Systems and programming, mentoring apprentices and addressing the local skills shortage, working with SME to develop and improve maintenance strategies.

Tell us about any current/recent projects:

I have recently finished writing a report for the University of Huddersfield that carried out an investigation into the design and development of engineering higher apprenticeships in manufacturing.

What has been your best moment at New College Durham?

I have significantly increased the number of students studying mechanical and electrical engineering. Since I started at the college there has been significant growth in all areas of the engineering curriculum.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of satisfaction watching students progress from Level 3 to undergraduate level and watching them develop in their own workplace.

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