AN outstanding young engineer at Wakefield engineering firm Group Rhodes has been honoured with a top award.
Adam Kelsey was named Young Engineer of the Year for his achievements for the company at the MTA Manufacturing Industry Awards.
At just 23, Mr Kelsey has been made lead design engineer and project manager at Belle Vue-based Group Rhodes for the production of a 1,200 superplastic forming press.
Peter Anderton, technical director at the firm and Mr Kelsey’s mentor, said there was no margin for error in building the £2.2m press, which will be used to manufacture equipment and components for the Chinese aerospace industry.
He said: “It is unusual to place such an important position on someone so young, however Adam has displayed outstanding technical and project management abilities.
“We are all very proud of Adam, the award is well-deserved.”
Mr Kelsey joined Group Rhodes in 2007 as a design engineer. He has since completed an OND in mechanical engineering, passing with a distinction, and is now in his third year of an honours degree in mechanical and computer aided engineering.
At the awards he also won the AMTRI scholarship, a cash fund to promote excellence in engineering, which will see him receive financial support for his education and company-based research projects.
Group Rhodes managing director Mark Ridgway said: “At a time when the need for company-led training in general and apprentices in particular is attracting national coverage, the quality of all the short listed engineers and scholarship applicants gives great hope for the future of our sector.”