` Local Engineer honoured with National Award

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Local Engineer honoured with National Award

A local engineer from Ampthill-based Lockheed Martin UK was honoured yesterday (Wednesday 10 February) with a prestigious national award.

Steve Green, 54, from Bedford, was named technician of the year by the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) at their skills awards ceremony in London last night.

Senior prototype engineer Steve was recognised for his efforts to go beyond a typical technician role, playing a key part in designing, producing and demonstrating an armoured vehicle turret simulator to train soldiers and showcase the company’s sophisticated electronic hardware. His support of apprentices and his championing of engineering as a career were also commended.    

SEMTA hosts the ceremony each year to celebrate the very best of British engineering. Steve beat off competition from hundreds of other nominees across the UK to reach a shortlist of three in his category.

He was announced as the winner last night and was presented with his award by BBC journalist and presenter Steph McGovern.

Steve said: “I feel massively humbled. I love my job, I love coming into work, and I’m very proud of what I do. I’ve been given the freedom to go above and beyond what would usually be expected from a technician. I’ve also had the opportunity to work closely with our apprentices – seeing the potential in them, drawing that out and helping them develop.  I feel British engineers are the best in the world and will do anything to help show that. To be given an award for doing the job I love is awesome. I’m over the moon.

Alan Lines, Vice President and Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill said:

Steve’s contribution is massive. He is involved in just about every research and development programme we do on site – he goes way beyond being a technician, involved in designing and putting real world engineering into all of our products at an early stage.  He epitomises the drive and success within the company and he doesn’t just do it in this one year but in every year he has worked here. This is an outstanding achievement for Steve and for Lockheed Martin. We’re all very proud of him.

Steve’s Lockheed Martin Ampthill colleague Alex Godfrey was also shortlisted at the ceremony, for graduate of the year. He reached the final three out of hundreds of UK entries.

Watch the interview with Steve Green and see him receiving his award

About Lockheed Martin UK: Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin UK specialises in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin UK employs more than 3,000 people across 21 UK sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. www.lockheedmartin.co.uk