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Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer named IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year
Chief Petty Officer AET(M) Adam Finch has been named the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Armed Forces Technician of the Year …
Adam, 37, from Torpoint, Cornwall, joined the Royal Navy in 2001. He was selected for the Fast-track Artificer Apprenticeship scheme where consistently impressive performances throughout basic training secured him a place in the top 10%. He demonstrated strong technical acumen and exacting standards, particularly during skill of hand training, leading to him being awarded Craftsman of the Year.
Since then he has been employed in a broad range of areas within the Fleet Air Arm in both maritime and land-based domains. He has embarked as a Senior Technician on a Merlin Small Ship’s Flight and has also been deployed operationally on Op Herrick and Op Ellamy. In 2019 he was awarded an ACNS(A&CS) 2* commendation for support to an urgent Chinook repair task. He is currently employed as an airframe repair designer and deployed in support of Op Newcombe.
Says Adam: ‘It was a real honour to be nominated and I cannot believe I have won, receiving this news while deployed made it even more special. Having my efforts formally recognised is very humbling and has only been possible due to the support of my family. I now look forward to continuing my professional development and achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer.’
IET President, Air Marshal Sir Julian Young, adds: ‘Chief Petty Officer Finch has shown dedication and drive to achieve early on in his career, a reflection shown in the accolades and quick progression he has made within the Royal Navy. He should be very proud of his achievements. The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Armed Forces Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge throughout their work that went far beyond their roles. They have taken on challenging tasks and, through innovation and determination to succeed, have brought real benefits to their Service – I wish everyone the best of luck for a long and fulfilling engineering career.’
About the IET Achievement Awards
The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided £1 million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector, and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
Click here to find out more about the Achievement Awards.
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