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Staff Biographies

Andrew Jorden 

How long have you worked at SGS?

In September 2014, I started my fifth year as an engineering lecturer at the Stroud Campus of SGS College.

What do you teach/specialise in?

I teach engineering subjects in the classroom including engineering drawing, maths, science and materials among others. I specialise in workshop training, teaching learners the skill of operating metal cutting machine tools as well as basic hand tool skills.

What is the best thing about your job?

The most fulfilling parts of the job include helping someone learn a new skill and seeing them grow in confidence. Good news for me is when I hear of a learner rising above early expectations and landing a quality career in engineering.

There is a shortage of engineers at all skill and professional levels, so for someone who is prepared to work hard with a great attitude, there are opportunities in a world changing career.

Where did you work previously/doing what?

During an engineering career that spanned nearly 30 years I have experienced aerospace and commercial engineering, working in traditional machine shops and with computer operated machinery as well as working in a development environment.

My first employer was Dowty Fuel Systems which made fuel control systems for jet aircrafts. My first role was a skilled machinist operating jig grinding machines.  Other places that I have worked include ARRK rapid prototyping who make product development models and Delphi Diesel systems who mass produce injectors for the heavy diesel industry. This wide view of engineering informs the teaching and training that I share with my learners.

Stephen Kittner

How long have you worked at SGS?

I have worked at SGS for 1 year.

What do you teach/specialise in?

I mainly teach Level 3 mechanical engineering, specialising in project development and computer aided design with solidworks.

What is the best thing about your job?

Facilitating students with project work where they research, design, build and test their own creations. Helping inspire students to convert ideas into real products.

Where did you work previously/doing what?

I started my career undertaking an apprenticeship at Haigh Engineering as a fabrication technician working with CNC laser cutters and robotic welders. 

After that I was a Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire for 7 years. I then moved back into industry working for ABT Products as a design engineer developing products for the automotive and specialist vehicle industries including Morgan Cars and Land Rover.

I am also a certified professional solidworks user.