Andrew, based in South Wales, moved into safety engineering after a 22-year career in the Regular Army, where he started as a Craftsman Armourer and finished as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He was then recruited as a Specialist REME Territorial, joining the REME Central Volunteer Headquarters.
At General Dynamics UK, Andrew is a product safety engineer for the AJAX programme. His role involves ensuring the design of the vehicle is safe for the Army to use, by working with the designers and production engineers. The role involves having a broad knowledge of a wide range of engineering disciplines, as well as detailed knowledge of system safety and safety law and standards.
Andrew is employed by the Army Reserve as an Artificer Weapons – a role that combines mid-level engineering management with being functionally skilled in the repair of small arms, machine guns and support weapons used by the Army. His role involves planning, organising and conducting training of new Armourers, as well as the supervision and coordination of the work of trained Armourers who are responsible for repairing the weapons used by the Army.
Currently, Andrew is part of 101Battalion REME as a Warrant Officer Class 2. He parades weekly with his unit at the Army Reserve Centre in Cwmbran, which involves physical training, revising military skills, teaching trade skills or essential preparation for forthcoming training weekends.
“The Reserves enables me to ensure the skills gained over many years are not wasted and I enjoy being able to pass them on. My role as a Reserve also crosses over into my job at General Dynamics UK, where I am able to use my weapon repair skills to maintain the weapons held by the Company for the AJAX programme, occasionally supporting firing trials. I am grateful for the support that General Dynamics UK gives to me as Reservist as much of what I do in the Reserve would not be possible without that support.”
A key part of a Reservist’s commitment is to deploy for two weeks on ‘annual continuous training’ (ACT) or ‘annual camp’. Over the last few years, Andrew has completed his ACT in a variety of roles, including working in an Armourers’ repair workshop clearing weapon faults, as the Brigade Artificer in an Armoured Brigade headquarters and a battle camp/range package that developed a wide spread of shooting skills, including night shoots, firing from vehicles and Close Quarter Marksmanship using a rifle and pistol simultaneously.
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