Engineering

A career in the engineering world (2011)

The contributor learned heavy engineering with an apprenticeship at Ransomes and Rapier in Ipswich and after national service became a pioneering work study man there, managing the process for projects such as a walking dragline excavator for the Canadian mining industry. He moved to Norfolk to work in the civil engineering industry in North Walsham, […]

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A man of many jobs. The sheet metal worker. (2016)

Eric had a long career in engineering mainly as a sheet metal worker. He says: I seem to have done many jobs, from repairing cars, to making parts for buses, making Army vehicles, precision sheet metal work, vehicle body work, refrigeration vehicle and aircraft repair, plus a little labour work. I was 14 years old […]

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A partnership in Pattern Making. 1945-1996.

Derek spent 51 years working as an engineer’s pattern maker, working for companies in Kingston and Norwich before setting up his own business, with his wife Pat. Customers included well known names such as Colman’s, Crane Fruehauf, Bressingham Steam Museum, Mackintosh Confectionery and Mountfield Lawnmowers. Examples of their work can be found around the country, […]

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An engineer: loving the sea

It started off at the beginning of the War in 1939. My father was fishing out of Newlyn in Cornwall, when the war started and we were fortunate enough to be able to move down to Cornwall, away from the east coast which was obviously our front-line part of the country.  Anyhow, my ambition was, […]

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An Engineer’s driving ambition (from 1952 on)

Michael Eastaff shares his start at work whilst still at school, his engineering apprenticeship and his love of driving. Michael left his hometown of Luton to pursue his career in Norfolk applying his engineering knowledge to vehicles and plastics, and continuing his passion for driving. Beginnings I lived in Luton and from 1952 to 1956 […]

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Building apprentice to company director. (2012)

"We had a fleet of traditional wooden barrows and the apprentices had theirs – because theirs would be covered in paint and putty etc. ."  This is just the beginning of the story of a man who used his practical background as a basis for a long career as a site agent, civil engineer, building […]

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Coachbuilding. Wood and metal to plastic (2016)

I went to school at Saint Mark’s, and Lakenham Council. While I was still at school we saw the bus station get bombed, saw the plane come over and saw the bombs drop out of the plane on to the bus station. We lived on Goldwell Road all of my boyhood days. Our house got […]

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Electronics (2008)

 TVs and electronic components, digital telephones, the Sinclair C5 electric trike, BBC computer, fuses for various weapon systems, radio systems for the army, and the only nuclear proof chip for the Navy …

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