Alan Huckin

Questions and answers:

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

Monkton Combe School-Bath. History, Geography, Sport Studies

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

Loved the look and feel of it when I went round it on an open day and knew that was where I want to go.

What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

I think the course is good, the topics covered on the whole seem important.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

The social aspect of brookes has to up there with the best bits, there is always something going on and there is never nothing to do. There is always some form of sport being played on the fields by Cheney. The people at Brookes are all easy to get on with and Oford is a nice town to live in.

What advice do you have for others?

Work hard in your second year but have fun in your first year. The step up from first to second year is massive so make so you enjoy yourself in first year because you have less time in your second year.

What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?

To work for a few years till I am in a stable financial position and am able move to France where I want to start my own business buying old barns and farm houses. I want to then convert and renovate them and sell or rent them out. That's my 10 year plan. But if I can't get a job I will go to college and train to be an electrician and a plumber. My reasoning for this is that there will always be a need for both those jobs and it will help me in the long run with my 10 year plan because renovating a property will be a lot easier if you can do half the work your self. As it is I can already plaster, tile, roof and other bits and pieces. And if all that fails I shall convert my parents garage and live there.

Work placement: Taylor Wimpey Bristol

What do you think of the industrial placement aspect of your course?

I think it is brilliant, I learn a lot faster hands on and actually doing the stuff instead of being talked at about it, so for me the placement has been fantastic as I feel like I am learning something everyday and I feel like I am growing up as a person as well. Its been a good year so far.

Project description

100 house development in Wootton Bassett - this was the main one but I have worked on drawings for over 10 different sites - the one for Wootton Bassett I drew myself from start to finish, whereas for the others I was making changes.

Project team

3 engineers, 1 commercial manager, one buying manager, and 2 department heads (both engineering and commercial)

Student's responsibility on team

I drew the main layout for the site from start to finish. I drew the house blocks that had attributes added to them so you could see how many bedrooms it had, its square ft and m. you could also change the handing. I also drew the roads for the site.

Experience gained

I have learned what it takes to build a site from scratch. Before I had no appreciation of all the time and effort made by other people to draw the drawings needed to build something. I also learned that this isn't a bad job and I have enjoyed it for the most part for the whole placement so far. Working here is different to anywhere else I have worked, the pressure and responsibility of getting things right first time and being on time with drawings and plans is huge, if you're late then the work on site cant go ahead. It's a different type of pressure that I had never experienced before but I feel like I have risen to that challenge and I can cope with it.