Steve Gowans


I started my engineering career as an apprentice for a precision manufacturing engineering company that has been active in Hull for over 100 years. I learned everything from making components for the Ministry of Defence’s fighter jets through to maintaining large scale oil and gas manufacturing equipment. After my apprenticeship I left to get experience from different parts of the industry, working for international and local firms, across a wide range of products and manufacturers. In 2006 I worked for a company that manufactured oil extraction equipment, and after a pretty bad accident in 2010 I decided to have a career change. I ended up working for a large college where I sat my teaching qualifications and began my study of engineering with the Open University.

I have taught at Wilberforce College for six years now and my engineering focus has moved from implementation to design and prototyping. I believe that my industry experience has been instrumental in providing students with real world experiences and allows them to see the engineering industry from perspectives that are not available anywhere else.