Abacus Lighting


A career with Abacus.

Sutton-in-Ashfield, England: July 2014

Abacus Lighting is doing its part for the local economy by offering young people the chance to join its workforce to gain valuable engineering experience and work towards furthering their education.

For the first time at Abacus, three engineering apprenticeships are on offer, focusing on mechanical design, electrical design and lighting design. The three departments each play a vital role in the company’s operations and joining one of these departments as an apprentice is a fantastic opportunity.

The Mechanical Design Department are responsible for the design and specification of all products and components that are produced by Abacus or purchased from suppliers. Using calculation methods to ensure that our structures can withstand all forces due to wind and mechanical loading, we use the latest solid modelling software to digitally prototype all designs and ensure that all component parts fit together perfectly first time.

As an apprentice in the Electrical Department we offer an exciting and interesting career path in the role on an Electrical Design Engineer. Learning to design projects from a design brief through to installation, attending site visits and meetings, and performing calculations to ensure the electrical installation meets with current regulations. Drawings will need to be produced using AutoCAD and calculations carried out using design software, with detailed bills of materials needing to be produced to ensure everything runs smoothly onsite. Full training and support will be given throughout the apprenticeship and the support of the team will help throughout any college work that is needed. HNC/HND qualifications can be attained and a creative career awaits the suitable apprentice.

2014 is the first year that apprentices will have the chance to experience Lighting Design. Working across the board from sports lighting to airports and car parks. The Lighting Design Department produce lighting schemes which ensure our lighting installations meet or exceed lighting level requirements. As an apprentice, in-house training will focus on the use of multiple types of CAD based lighting software and knowledge of Photometrics to understand lighting. Along with the in-house training there are several courses such as official lighting diplomas (ILP Diplomas and LET Diploma University course).

Some members of the current mechanical and electrical design departments came into the company through the Abacus apprenticeship scheme and have undertaken valuable learning as well as being offered the chance to further their education.

An Abacus Apprentice

“After undertaking work experience at Abacus and enjoying my time with the company, I applied for one of the apprenticeships at Abacus when the opportunity arose. Since joining Abacus, I have gained valuable experience in engineering and manufacturing in addition to knowledge on how the company works. I spent time with the entire company including time on the factory floor and company offices during my first year, learning what each section and department of Abacus did. Further to this learning, the company funded my education. This has enabled me to complete my Advanced Apprenticeship and a Foundation Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. I am now approaching the final year of a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and am hoping to further my education following completion.” George Smith (Mechanical design)

“After completing a work experience course with Abacus whilst at school, I was offered the chance to join the company under the Apprenticeship scheme. This gave me key experience in all aspects of the company including design, production control, welding and manufacture, as well as furthering my education with a HND in Mechanical Engineering. The experience I have built up over the years as a consequence has seen me design and oversee projects including site experience all over the UK, and as far flung as Australia. Design work is carried out using Autodesk 3D design, modelling and animation tools and I am also studying for a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, another example of the support given by the company to further education.” Lee Dye (Mechanical design)

“A good insight into the company and how it works has been obtained through working in different departments throughout my time as an advanced apprentice at Abacus Lighting. Technical and research projects were undertaken for the benefit of the company and my own personal skills. I have obtained a HND in Electrical / Electronic Engineering with support of my colleagues. I can recommend Abacus as good and reliable company to work for due to caring nature of employees and management with the support they offer.” Dan Wilson (Electrical design)

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