Apprentice Theo Aers at the leading edge of automation technology at Servowatch in Essex.

Meet Theo Aers, marine engineering technician apprentice, one of our sponsored apprentices for 2021-22, employed at Servowatch in Essex. Servowatch is a leading marine automation and ship solutions provider. Theo is undertaking the Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship and is enrolled at the Colchester Institute for the off the job training. Theo has recently sent us his mid year progress report and it makes very impressive reading!

Theo told us: “I have really enjoyed learning about the capabilities of these sophisticated control systems and look forward to being involved in the constantly improving technology in the Marine Engineering world. From the beginning I was very interested in learning about how these systems work and the extent of their capabilities. At first, I found the software element challenging and it was not easy to understand how it operated. However, now I have a greater understanding I have learned to enjoy it and involve myself in this part of my work when I have the chance”…

“In January, I took part in sea trials aboard RFA Tidesurge, a Tide-class replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary. We first joined the ship in Plymouth and spent a day in harbour where I spent a lot of time in the Main control room as we were trying to optimise the control of propulsion system. We set off the next day to see how the ship performed at sea and tried to get a further understanding of what optimisations were possible.  I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot  and it has massively helped me understand more about Servowatch systems and their purpose.”

The off the job training at the college have progressed equally well. Theo said: “I am currently learning the skills to operate lathes and milling machines as well as wiring and testing electrical equipment. Both of these different sectors cover a large range of basic engineering skills and will provide valuable stepping stones and knowledge for my career as a Marine Systems Engineer. In October I also took part in a CAD course which I found very interesting and beneficial.”

Theo summaried his feelings this: “I have had no second thoughts about choosing this pathway and I am very grateful for the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights for supporting me through this brilliant opportunity.”

A fabulous start and Theo is proving to be a great asset not only to Servowatch but the whole marine automation industry!