Today’s Throwback Thursday is Benjamin Cross, a graduate project engineer at a well known oil and gas company.
Ben attended Winstanley from 2013 to 2015, studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Geography; he also took part in the Engineering Education Scheme.
He went on to study a masters in mechanical engineering at the University of Lincoln, specialising in control systems and achieved a distinction, as well as being bestowed an IMechE award for best individual project in the school of engineering.
During his time at university Ben participated in a number of internships with Siemens Industrial Gas Turbines each building experience in project management, cost engineering, manufacturing and procurement.
Upon graduation Ben began his current role as a graduate project engineer in the oil and gas industry, and he is responsible for the execution of capital projects on the refinery.
Ben says ‘My current role has tested my engineering background and proved exciting and challenging; every day is different.’
‘I believe that my time at Winstanley heavily influenced my interests and as such my career path. Without the excellent tutelage in mathematics and the sciences, along with the extra-curricular opportunity offered through the EES I don’t believe I would’ve gravitated towards an engineering career. Furthermore, having only been identified as having dyslexia once reaching Winstanley, I only began to hit my academic stride with the support and resources put in place by the college.’