My name is Tom Eagle. I’m a Mech Eng grad, lover of the outdoors and part time ultra-marathoner. I’m currently studying on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment MSc course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales.
I graduated from UMIST in 2000 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and for a couple of years following this I had a few different jobs/work experience placements in engineering, none of which inspired me to stay in the industry. After a brief hiatus travelling through New Zealand and Australia I was offered a job with a building company. As I enjoyed being outside and working with my hands I accepted and have been working in the industry ever since, setting up my own company in 2005. Throughout this time I became interested in energy saving in buildings and renewable technology. I began to realise that the orthodoxy in the UK construction industry was badly outmoded and that we really need to embrace new technologies in order to improve our housing stock. In October 2012 I began working for an eco-building company called EcoVert Solutions, which was set up by another graduate of CAT, who had studied on the AEES course.
For some time I have been looking for a new direction with my career, and to make more of my engineering acumen. I have a strong desire to contribute to protecting and conserving our beautiful natural environment and wish to apply my engineering skills in this context. Over the years, several people have mentioned CAT to me when I have spoken of my interest in renewable energy and sustainability. I finally got round to visiting in 2012 when I attended a conference called ‘Fit for the future’, hosted by the National Trust in Wales (who I was volunteering for a the time). I also came on the open day for the REBE course and could tell that there was a unique setup at CAT. I enrolled on the course in September 2013 and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of renewable technologies and gaining valuable new skills.
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