My method is mainly about making learning as simple as possible i.e. do not over complicate things, concentrate on really understanding the basics and be patient. Technology is fine but the strength of a good teacher should not be under estimated. Good supporting material - again kept as simple as possible - with lots of examples and tutorials - with worked solutions.
I originally worked as an electronics engineer before over 20 years as a maths, physics and engineering lecturer. I have also studied various computer programming languages and AI and taught robotics for a nearby university. Most recently, I have been Head of Computing and Engineering at a nearby College.
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Curriculum Vitae for Gordon Weir B.Sc. (Hons), Dip. Q.
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1. Batchelor of Science (with Honours 2.1) in Mathematics and Technology
Subjects studied: Analogue and Digital Electronics; Mechatronics and Artificial Intelligence; Computer Programming and Data Base Modelling; Mathematics.
2. Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Subjects Studied: Analogue and Digital Electronics; Electrical Engineering; Mathematics; Radio and Radar Maintenance.
3. Teaching Qualification for Further Education (post-graduate version - SCQF level 11)
Subjects Studied: Individual and Team Dynamics; Assessment and Verification Practices; Teaching and Learning Methodologies.
4. Chartered Quality Institute Diploma in Quality Management
Subjects Studied: Quality Management Systems (including ISO 9000 and ISO 14000); Project and Environmental Management; Statistical Process Control; Communication Systems and Strategies.
5. IOSH Certificate in Managing Safely
Subjects Studied: Identification of Hazards; Risk Assessment; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.
Employment (most recent first):
1. Head of Computing and Engineering at West Lothian College, Livingston
May 2014 – July 2020
Responsibility for strategic leadership of computing and engineering departments with around 30 staff and budget in excess of 1 million pounds. Position included recruitment of teaching and support staff, building partnerships with stakeholders, resource and curriculum planning and line management of two deputy heads. Main targets included improving student retention and achievement and balancing the budget. Successes included: best engineering higher education College in the sector (2019); introduction of SECTT (apprentice electricians) students in 2015 and growing the number to over 100; Foundation Apprentice of the Year 2015; growing the number of full-time and part-time engineering and computing courses; greatly increased resources including online environment; always coming in on budget. I left this post as a result of the offer of voluntary severance and the desire to try something different.
2. Curriculum Leader in Skills Centre at West Lothian College, Livingston
June 2008 – May2014
Operational leadership of engineering department with around 20 staff. Responsibilities included engineering timetabling, building partnerships with engineering stakeholders and dealing with day-to- day issues within the engineering department. Role also included overseeing quality control systems, including external verification visits, and liaising with external partners to improve the reputation of engineering at the College and increase the number of opportunities for engineering students.
3. Engineering Lecturer at West Lothian College, Livingston
Jan 1993 – June 2008
Engineering lecturer. Areas covered included: mathematics (e.g. calculus), physics, electrical and electronic engineering (e.g. analogue and digital design), mechanical engineering (e.g. statics and dynamics), manufacturing engineering (e.g. robotics, CNC and PLC’s), computer programming (e.g. C++, Motorola 68,000 coding) quality management (e.g. ISO 9001) and leadership and management training (e.g. ILM Diploma). The examples, shown in brackets above, represents a small part of the total overall course subjects I taught and developed. During this period, I also developed and taught courses for a variety of partner organisations, including Napier University, Hewlard Packard, Daewoo, Compaq, Mitsubishi and The Energy Skills Partnership. As a keen self-learner I was always ready and able to take on a variety of technology related classes when required. My teaching, as judged by HMIe, SQA and student feedback was always of the highest standard.
4. Other positions pre – 1993
Engineer at Hill International (communications equipment) – 2 years
Engineer at CASE (money counting systems) – 1 year
Engineering Technician at Unisys (document processing machines) – 1.5 years
Industrial Engineer at Burr-Brown (works study of microelectronic component manufacture. This project alone, which I led on, raised productivity by one third)– 1 year
Work Study Officer at West Lothian Council (building and works department)– 1 year
I have worked in further education, in a variety of roles, for over 28 years. This has led to me becoming both familiar and knowledgeable about how people learn and how teaching processes have changed to provide a better fit with new and emerging technology. In my 22 years as a teacher, I was always willing to move into new fields of teaching, in part due to a real curiosity in finding out how the world around us works. Starting in electrical and electronic engineering, I then became the programmer within the engineering team, starting with Intel and Motorola machine code and eventually teaching C++ classes. I have also used Prolog (an AI language) and SQL for building databases. Although much of my programming skills are now out of date, it does, I believe, demonstrate a willingness to self-learn and move into less familiar subject areas when needed. Latterly, I taught mechanical engineering, specialising in fluid systems and their effects with temperature. I also taught the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Diploma course as well as courses on quality and project management.
As a manager, I have learned good people management skills and good project management skills. This enabled me to support my teams fully and instil a need to continuously improve every single part of what we did. I also sat on several committees inside and outside the College and always strove to improve learning and teaching processes for both staff and students. Major projects, under my leadership, included: establishment of cyber security suites (from identification of location, design and resourcing requirements, project cost planning, identifying contractors, time and activity planning, review and sign off); new mechanical engineering workshop; new electrical installation workshops; redesign and improvement of existing classrooms. Updating software was always an ongoing project, in both the engineering and computing departments. Of particular importance, was ensuring that all software maintenance agreements were renewed, which not only provided technical support but also that our software versions were always up to date; future proofing hardware e.g. RAM upgrades was also an important ongoing consideration.
I believe, therefore, that I still have much to offer many organisations; especially those in education or training related fields and also in the management of technical type projects. My all-round knowledge of technology is considerable and is still up to date in many areas; mainly due to an interest in quantum mechanics. I am a keen reader and run up to 30 miles every week to keep fit. My aim now is to find a part-time position in Central Scotland.
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