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Mick celebrates 40 years of industry excellence

Industry experienced Automotive lecturer at Burton and South Derbyshire College, Mick Lunn has received recognition from the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) for being an Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) member for 40 years.

Mick has been awarded a long service certificate which recognises his long career and his considerable contribution to the Society of Operations Engineers. In addition, Mick’s name will feature in the SOE newsletter.

Mick originally studied motor vehicle at Burton Technical College, achieving a motor vehicle craft qualification in 1970, part 1 and 2 qualifications in 1975 and achieving his full technician certificate in 1980. He went on to enjoy a successful career in the automotive industry for 30 years before returning to the College to teach the next generation of engineers.

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) professional sector supports HGV and PSV professionals throughout their careers, and encourages high standards in maintenance of sectors crucial to employment and public safety.

Road transport engineers are skilled problem solvers, methodical in their approach to safety and inspection of vehicles, and have wide ranging technical and regulatory knowledge which sets them apart as true experts. Mick has continued to keep his skills up to date and recently achieved qualifications in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance and Automotive Refrigerant Handling at the College.

Mick Lunn, Motor Vehicle Lecturer at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “I’m over the moon to have been recognised by the IRTE for my service to the industry. I started as an agricultural engineer and then went into trucks and cars. I spent 20 years of my career working in the lorries in the mining industry. I’ve now been lecturing at the College now for 22 years and seeing the students progress makes my day.

“Working in the engineering industry is a passion and you’ve got to be dedicated to learning new things all of the time. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my life and hope to pass on my enthusiasm to the students coming through.”

Peter Brochocki, Curriculum Team Leader for Motor Vehicle and Fabrication and Welding added: “I consider Mick’s ability to rouse enthusiasm for the subject among young people to be the greatest asset he possesses. He brings out the best in people with appreciation and encouragement, giving every young person an opportunity to achieve success and the incentive to work.”

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