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Abigail Stephenson, a Gilkes Hydraulic Engineering Apprentice, has received the Young Engineer Award 2017 in the Technician Category, awarded by The Pump Centre.
The award is in recognition of significant engineering achievement and was awarded at the Annual Pump Centre Conference Dinner after a rigorous, 4 month application process, which included presenting to a panel of judges followed by a Q&A session. The award was open to engineers under the age of 24 with proven experience on engineering projects appropriate to their field of work, with a level of responsibility commensurate with that of a Technician Engineer.
Abigail started her career with Gilkes as an apprentice in September 2013 at the age of 18, following completion of her A Levels.During her apprenticeship Abigail has spent time working on the shop floor learning basic skills such as hand fitting, turning, maintenance, machining & inspection before moving into the hydraulics team of the Engineering Office. Her current role uses CAD and CFD software for customer projects and internal research & development.
Sam Walker, a previous award winner and Gilkes Engineer said "Abigail joined my team as an apprentice, rapidly learning and gaining experience in both pump design and CFD. She quickly became a valuable member of the team and has been working alongside other degree qualified engineers, taking on exactly the same tasks. Abigail has been involved in various tasks which range from project design work & CFD analyses through to process creation and development, including those required by quality standards. Her work is always to a high standard, and she's always happy to question everything to ensure that her work is correct. Abigail has always been keen to tackle any task given to her with determination and enthusiasm which has helped her develop into the engineer she is today.
"I am so happy to have won the Young Engineer Award, to be recognised for the hard work I have put in as a young engineer is fantastic. I am really grateful for the opportunity from the Pump Centre and Gilkes, and hope it will progress my career in engineering.
Everyone at Gilkes is extremely proud of Abigail's achievement and she follows in the path of many previous Gilkes engineers & apprentice award winners.
To see Abigail's presentation during the judging process follow this link: https://youtu.be/sMWWOanY1aA