Hard graft pays off for Marren engineer

A newly-qualified engineer at service and maintenance firm Marren has beaten a host of candidates to a regional apprenticeship accolade.

Matthew Bullen, who began his role as a workshop service engineer with the company two years ago, picked up an award from training and development body NITAL after completing a BTEC National Diploma in Electronic Engineering and gaining a NVQ level 2 and 3 in the same subject.

Bullen was awarded the annual Outstanding Achievement award for his performance during the second year of the course, which saw him attend college for an extra half-day a week and pass maths and mechanical modules on top of an already demanding curriculum.

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He is now using his skills in electrics and electronics to repair catering equipment for various brands that Marren services.

He said: “My job consists of testing catering equipment and their components such as capacitors, magnetrons and transformers for faults. I then diagnose the fault and take action, compiling a list of parts and presenting the description of the fault to the customer.

“If the repair is authorised then the unit is repaired. I work on various models of catering equipment, such as Merrychef, Panasonic and TurboChef, and specialise in the Electrolux high-speed Panini grill which are based in every Pret a Manger store throughout the UK.”

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