New Apprentice Darren Jamieson

Almond Engineering continues to invest in local engineering talent. We are proud to introduce Darren Jamieson, our latest apprentice. He will be studying at Edinburgh College while gaining extensive practical precision engineering experience with our state of the art machinery. “I’m looking forward to building my career at Almond,” said Darren.

Investing in a talented workforce not only for today, but the future, is one of Almond Engineering’s key objectives. “We are a strong local employer and want to see more young people taking up the opportunities in engineering we have available as we continue to expand. “I’m pleased to welcome Darren as our latest apprentice and look forward to seeing his skills base and career grow at Almond,” said Michelle Quinn, Director.

Michelle has worked closely with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) West Lothian providing insight and opportunities to work in engineering from a young female perspective. “I’m very keen to continue working closely with DYW West Lothian, highlighting practical ways for young people to develop their careers and gain real life experience in the workplace. Hard work, dedication and ambition will get you where you want to go and I’m keen to show young people that’s possible in engineering,” said Michelle.

Darren seized the opportunity to take up a 4 year apprenticeship at Almond combining engineering studies with practical skills on the shop floor from programming CNC machines to welding and turning pieces. “The apprenticeship is a great way of getting into engineering as it builds practical skills combined with real work experience, and importantly, a job at the end of it in a great company,” reflects Darren.

New machines increase capacity

Almond’s investment programme sees a range of new machines commissioned over the next month. The machines provide increased capacity including a 4-Axis machine, a second 5-Axis machine and a large bed machining centre to precision mill larger pieces.

Over the next four weeks Almond’s factory will become home to the latest sophisticated machining centres from Hurco. A second 5-axis machine adds capacity and flexibility but also increases security for our customers in the event of a machine breakdown. “Our newest 5-Axis machine is state of the art with a swivel head delivering more flexibility for milling the complex components to the high level of precision our customers demand,” says Chris Smith, Managing Director.

A further machining centre increases Almond’s capacity to mill larger components. “Our capability to mill larger components efficiently is being enhanced with our latest investment in a machine with a larger table size and travel to accommodate much larger materials. This enhances our proposition to customers in the aerospace and medical markets,” said Chris.

The third new machine in Almond’s arsenal is a 4-Axis machine. “This complements our stable of 3-Axis machines, but 4-Axis capability will reduce set up times dramatically, increasing production efficiencies and reducing delivery times,” explains Chris.

See our new machines in action below:

Michelle Quinn Joins the Board

Michelle Quinn is the latest addition to Almond Engineering’s board. She is Almond’s first female director bringing a powerful combination of extensive company knowledge, business experience and a young female perspective to the board. Michelle will be responsible for helping to deliver £2 million growth in the next three years.

Michelle joined Almond after leaving school and has worked her way to the top of the company in just 13 years. “It’s an exciting time to be appointed to the board as we are in a period of extensive investment, in both machinery and people, to deliver superior service to our customers. We plan to invest heavily to grow our machining capacity by 40% this year alone. I’m also keen to promote engineering and the wide range of opportunities to train as an engineer to school leavers, particularly girls,” said Michelle.

Chris Smith, Chairman of Almond Engineering said: “Our success is a combination of our engineering expertise and the talented people we employ. I’m very pleased to welcome Michelle to the board. She has made a significant contribution to the company’s success and her insight, extensive knowledge of the company and its markets, together with her fresh perspective and ideas will be invaluable as we continue to expand.”

Listen to Michelle on Good Morning Scotland with Andrew Black here: on soundcloud.