Following successful completion of the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling Academy from ADS Northern Ireland, in partnership with Northern Regional College and the Department for the Economy we are pleased to welcome Rachel Horan to the team at McGreevy Engineering.
Read on to find out more about Rachel and the programme which brought her into engineering.
What inspired you to take part in the CNC Academy programme?
After a few jobs, which included teaching in England, I saw this as an opportunity to go back to my love of making things and solving problems and building upon my Technology and Design degree.
I like to think I’m a very practical person. I enjoy a hands-on learning approach rather than in a classroom and this was a great opportunity to do just that.
What did the Academy entail? What did you enjoy most?
The Academy was all about teaching us basic engineering, particularly conventional milling. We were assigned a partner to aid the learning process and help each other, I really enjoyed that.
Learning new skills was the best part of the course and doing things I hadn’t done before. We were introduced to code, got to solve problems and actually make various parts.
What have you learnt since you started at McGreevy Engineering? And what have you enjoyed most?
After five weeks at NRC, I came to McGreevy Engineering for my placement. The learning here has been exceptional, fast paced and very practical, which is what I enjoy. Since starting with the company full-time, I am still learning every day, but I now get to work on new machinery and make new parts which will be part of aircraft very soon.
What was the biggest challenge of the programme/starting your new career?
Not so much as a major challenge, but something very different, was learning how to code and understand how to use the new machinery.
With regards a new career, the main challenge was making the decision to go back into training after already being out in the working world. A decision I am glad I made.
Have you found any barriers impacting your engineering journey as a female in a male dominated industry?
No. I really enjoy working in engineering, for me gender is not an issue, it’s really about ability and capability.
What's the most common question people ask when they find out what you do?
Everyone wants to know what CNC milling is. It’s Computer Numerical Control i.e. the automated control of machining parts by means of a computer.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in engineering?
Don’t be afraid to try something new and somewhat out of your comfort zone. Just have a go.
What is the best thing about your job?
Being able to make something, programme a machine, and seeing the final result – a machined part in this case.
What do you hope for next?
I’m hoping to stay here for the foreseeable future, there is so much more to learn. I may possibly go back to teaching at some stage.
Recent investment, 50% Company growth and 30% increase in employees sets McGreevy Engineering up for an exciting 2019.
BELFAST based, McGreevy Engineering is set to end 2018 on a high, as the company injects a £175,000 investment to further enhance their advanced technology. Alongside a 50% company growth and an employee increase of 30%, McGreevy Engineering is on track to position itself as one of Northern Ireland’s leading companies in engineering solutions.
The second-generation family business, McGreevy Engineering, has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 1980. With its core service specialising in precision machined components, 5-axis milling and multi axis turn milling, this recent investment has enabled the company to further diversify their capabilities, establishing themselves to serve the aerospace manufacturing market.
These machining capabilities, CNC Turning and Milling along with integrated services, for example, grinding, fabrication and assembly, allow the company to work with specific materials, including titanium, Inconel, aluminium and duplex.
Aaron McGreevy, Managing Director of McGreevy Engineering commented on the announcement, “It’s an exciting time for the company, the engineering sector in Northern Ireland is one of the best in the world, competition is rife and this investment will position McGreevy Engineering amongst the finest that Northern Ireland has to offer.”
With its rich engineering history, Northern Ireland is renowned as being a global leader in aerospace technology, this investment and the increase in McGreevy Engineering’s skillset offers the company a platform to present themselves as a major player in this rapidly evolving industry.
Aaron continues, “We have had our sights set on the aerospace industry for a long time and after continual training and development, I can safely say that we have the skill set to service the industry to the highest quality. We attended both the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg and International Airshow in Farnborough in 2018 and I was delighted with the interest and engagement. This investment will take the company to the next level of engineering solutions and I look forward to seeing how we further develop as the company grows.”
Aaron has just returned from the Aircraft Interior Group meeting from 20th to 23rd November in Toulouse, and his growing team are set to take part in the Aeromart Toulouse, which takes place from 4th – 6th December, both events bring together the best in aerospace engineering and technology.
Aaron concludes, “This is only the beginning of McGreevy Engineering’s journey in the aerospace sector, we aim to continually offer the most advanced services in engineering. As the industry further evolves and develops, so will we!”
McGreevy Engineering has had a very busy few weeks, exhibiting at both the Aerospace & Defence Supplier Summit in Seattle and the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. Exhibiting in conjunction with Invest NI on their ‘Northern Ireland’ stand at both shows, McGreevy Engineering had the opportunity to meet with influential buyers from across the globe, providing exciting new customer prospects and significant development opportunities within the aerospace industry. With McGreevy Engineering’s expertise in precision machined components, and internal engineering capabilities to support 5-axis milling and multi axis turn mill machine tools, the company is well equipped to set its sights on the global aerospace market.
The accreditation rewarded McGreevy Engineering’s commitment to continued improvement, investment and focused contribution to the supply chain in the global aerospace and defence industry. With the company’s sights set on further accreditation in 2018, McGreevy Engineering aims to build upon this success with significant development plans for the coming year, to further bolster the company’s productivity and competitiveness within the aerospace market.
McGreevy Engineering recently took part as event partner in the first ever 'Made in Lisburn Castlereagh Council' event. The event highlighted and celebrated the achievements of local businesses. Check out the video below, which was created as a means of promoting the event.