What were you doing before you joined ISF?

After completing my GCSE’s, I returned to education to complete several engineering base courses at the original York Technical College and finally, graduated with an advanced BTEC in mechanical engineering.

After completing a further 2D CAD course at York College during evening classes, I was recommended by the lecturers to a local company, MRC Process Technology Ltd, looking for a design apprenticeship. This is how I started work in the mechanical engineering sector.

At MRC Ltd, I worked under two project managers learning the principles for fabrication whilst generating detailed drawings for manufacture.


When did you start working for ISF and how did it happen?

My employment at ISF commenced in February 2005. I was approached by a former project manager at MRC who had moved to ISF. I was completing projects with MRC within the same industry sector as ISF and it seemed like a good opportunity to develop my skills and take a position as a designer.


What attracted you to ISF?

ISF were offering a much better rate of pay! For completing the same day to day duties, the pay was 40% higher pay than the previous employer – and I got the opportunity to further enhance my design skills.


How quickly did you settle in? Did anyone give you any specific support or advice that has stayed with you?

I was already working in the same industry with a cross-over in customer base and I resumed working beneath the same project manager. This all helped me settle into ISF very quickly!

After joining ISF, it was clear that the company had a wealth of experience in fabrication & sheet metalwork. The fabrication team was always approachable and helpful when seeking manufacturing advice.


Have you achieved any further qualifications or completed any additional training whilst at ISF?

Since joining ISF, I have completed several managerial training courses including: –

  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Level 5 Diploma – Appointed Person for Lifting Operations.
  • 3d Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • CDM Awareness
  • Accident & Investigation
  • HACCP Training
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Fire & Explosion

These have helped me develop in my role, starting as a 2D CAD draftsperson, into the project management role I perform today. The company has encouraged and supported me throughout.


What is your role now and what does it entail?

As a project manager at ISF, general duties include the design, and overseeing the manufacture and installation of projects delivered by ISF across the UK. It also involves working closely with our customers and team to provide bespoke products and solutions to a wide range of industries such as animal feed, pet feed, fertiliser, biomass, plastics, oil, agriculture, and human food.

This involves the completion of: –

  • Site surveys
  • Arrangement drawings for detailing
  • Machine specifications
  • Health & safety documentation
  • Procurement of project specific machinery & equipment
  • Management of installation


What do you like most about the job?

From the very beginning, I’ve always enjoyed the full process of a project, from initial design through detailing & manufacture.

Physically standing on site within your project, after spending the design stage in a virtual environment is extremely satisfying.


What is your advice for anyone considering applying to ISF and why?

The knowledge, skills & experience within the organisation is second to none. I would recommend that anyone who is passionate about a career in mechanical engineering should apply.