My name is Ian Fraser and have now retired from a career with nearly 50 years’ experience in Engineering. I have set up this website to provide, I hope, interesting information for young engineers and scientists or anyone interested in learning more about various disciplines in science, engineering and technology. So, what makes me an expert? To try and answer this question the next few paragraphs are a brief history of my career in engineering and my background.
My interest in engineering probably started in my early teens when I stripped down and rebuilt my bicycle. I then went on to eventually build my own bicycle from scratch. I also made castings of model soldiers and then built some muskets for a re-enactment society, but more of that in the future.
My career really started when I left school and started on a one year course being run by the local technical college to give school levers a taste of the types of careers in both engineering and the construction industries. These included modules in vehicle maintenance, bricklaying, welding, carpentry, electrical wiring workshop skills such as lathe and milling machine work as well as the mandatory mathematics, mechanical science and technical drawing.
I started my working career as an apprentice mechanical fitter obtaining City & Guilds qualifications at the Inverness Technical College. Once I completed my apprenticeship, I trained in drawing office practices and worked as a Hydraulic and Pneumatics engineer. I was later employed by an engineering fabrication firm producing steel work for the offshore industry.
After a spell working in Glasgow as a software developer I moved back to Ross-shire and undertook higher education. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction following an approved programme in Applied Environmental Science at the UHI Millennium Institute, now the University of the Highlands & Islands.
With my new environmental qualifications, I started work in a small Civil & Environmental engineering office providing environmental design solutions for the housing and construction industry. During this time, I took further training courses in Sustainable drainage and flood modelling. I also studied in my spare time and obtained a Diploma in Pollution Control through the Open University.
During the last few years I achieved membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. I was also a member of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
At the end of 2011 I stepped down as a company director to go self-employed as an environmental engineer. During this period, I carried out drainage design for private developers, ground investigation and flood risk assessments.
Now that I have retired, I hope to add more pages to my website over the next few months. If anyone is interested in particular science or engineering subjects, let me know and I will hopefully be able to supply further information on this website.
Ian Fraser BSc. Dip Poll Con (Open) MIEnvSc
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Web page last updated 27 January 2019