Dedication to work and studies pays off for RGU student

A Fraserburgh student has described graduating as a big relief, after juggling his studies with a full-time job and an 80 mile round commute into Aberdeen each day.

David WilliamsonDavid Williamson (21) picked up his BEng degree in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Tuesday, December 8 at Aberdeen’s Music Hall.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil, who works as a subsea design engineer at GE Oil and Gas, said that his packed days saw him regularly leave home at 6.30am and not return until 10pm.

Despite that, David is determined to continue with his education, and has now set his sights on obtaining a Masters degree in Subsea Engineering via distance learning, with GE continuing to help support him through his studies.

He said: “I’ve found my time at RGU interesting and I’ve gained a lot of useful knowledge, but I am relieved to be graduating. Travelling from Fraserburgh every day and working a full-time job meant I haven’t had much time to myself in the last few years.”

David started studying for an HNC in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 through the Higher Plus scheme at Fraserburgh Academy, before going on to achieve an HND at North East Scotland College.

“After that, I decided I wanted a job but would go back to college at some point to continue my studies,” David said. “Luckily GE funded this through the apprenticeship program. Initially, I thought I’d stop at HND level but decided to continue to the BEng - which in turn has made me decide to keep going.

“I feel the Masters course will be a lot of work and the fact that it’s distance learning, will be difficult at times, but it should provide me with more knowledge and help me progress my career.”

David also praised the modern apprenticeship scheme through which he started his working career, saying it provided him with a good route into the industry.

“I now have numerous years of industry experience along with further education and I believe a combination of the two creates great engineers,” he said.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology