Howard Thomson

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Engineering Lecturer

I joined the NAFC as an Engineering Lecturer in September 2003, and teach a variety of subjects at all levels of the curriculum both practical and theoretical.

I am a native of Lerwick, where I attended the Anderson High School. After finishing school I undertook an HND course in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology in Aberdeen. The course included extended periods of employment for BP at Sullom Voe.

After graduating in 1984, rather than return to Shetland I decided to work on the mainland. Initially I spent several years working as a technician for Edinburgh University within their experimental Wave Power department, which at that time were developing the famous "Salter's Duck". I then moved on to work for several engineering production and service companies within "Silicon Glen" eventually becoming Production Manager for Locksafe Systems Ltd, who specialised in electronic locker and security systems. In 1997 Locksafe became LockTec, where I assumed the more varied role of Commercial Manager. In 2003 my family and I returned to live in Shetland and I was offered a position at the NAFC.

In my working life to date I have been fortunate to be involved at all levels of industry and have gained experience and skills in both practical and management areas, all of which are now proving useful in my new career at NAFC.