Colin Kirkwood

An HNC qualified Mechanical and Electrical Aircraft Engineer, with 25 years experience in the
Royal Navy. A successful coordinator and team manager of up to 35 technical specialists
providing key maintenance and support roles. Fully conversant in TQM, ISO 9000 standards and
asset management.


Administration, Communication, IT. Project management, the capacity to deliver solutions to
complex issues. Purchasing and supply. The application of Health and Safety and Recording


* Played a major role in the preparation and induction of a 22,000 tonne ship into refit. Primarily
responsible for three important areas; flight deck power supplies, workshop re-organisation and
magazine restructure. This work involved close liaison with contractors, manufacturers and
maintenance senior management to ensure successful modification and repair work took place
with the minimum of disturbance and to a strict deadline.

* Integral in the setting up and running of an Air Engineering Training Cell at an RN Station.
Responsible for coordinating the induction of AE mechanics after basic training. The instruction,
training and examinations leading to the award of QM (qualified to maintain) and QS (qualified to
sign) for work on aircraft as an all trade mechanic.

* Initiated a comprehensive programme to re-organise the layout and manning of two workshops;
This was to meet new ergonomic Health and Safety legislation and recent changes to policies
involving manpower in the workshop environment.

* Instrumental in the successful implementation of a computerised work recording and asset
management software package on a UNIX network, the first of it's kind within the Royal Navy.
Advising the IT managers at other Stations on the most effective manner for their data take on
and training programme.

* Achieved Supervisory status at the age of 22, one of the youngest in the Royal Navy; leading
to Senior Supervisor, with the authority to head detachments of aircraft and maintenance


* The successful restoration of a classic car. This took place over two years and included the
overhaul and rebuild of the engine and components. Bodywork and chassis repair using metal
fusion techniques. Interior, upholstery recovering, preparation and spray-painting to finish.
Leading to a 'Best Restoration Award' from classic car club.


Return to shopfloor and hands-on post completion of service career, in order to gain experience
of current workshop practices in a commercial environment. Presently responsible for the
inspection and overhaul of aero-engine fuel and oil lubrication pumps including secondary
accessory equipment.

* WATCH CONTROLLER. 1997…1998.
Responsible to the Engineering Director for the efficient planning and progress of routine and
unscheduled aircraft maintenance work. The optimum use of manpower and the coordination of
all trades. Planning the routine maintenance, ensuring that the necessary spares, equipment and
properly qualified personnel are available in order to achieve the short forecast flying programme.

Custodian of the Squadron aircraft documentation, (11 aircraft). Responsible for all log card
entries. Progressing and dispatching non-routine technical reports and statistical returns plus the
upkeep of the oil (SOAP) sampling logs. Forecasting the routine and scheduled maintenance
operations including the monitoring and demand of 'lifed' components e.g. ECU, gearboxes etc.
Involved with the planning and demand of aircraft modification and updating packages.

Team leader in charge of 20 skilled and semi-skilled employees. Controlling routine and
unscheduled maintenance on a wide range of aircraft electrical, electronic and mechanical control
systems. Providing accurate forecasting, organising and planning work packages.

* WORKSHOP MANAGER. 1985…1986.
Employed to manage the Electrical, Instrumentation, Weapons and Battery workshops.
Conducting Health and Safety Risk Assessments on all departments and instructing employees
on their responsibilities. Training, motivating, welfare counseling and report writing on
employees. Maintaining personal and technical records.


HNC Mechanical Engineering - Manufacture.
CITY & GUILDS Electrical Engineering.
SCOTVEC National Certificate Thermal Joining Skills.
3 'O' Level passes (including Mathematics and English).


Management and Leadership.
Office Management.
Health and Safety Risk Assessor.
COSHH Administrator.
RYA Day Skipper.

* Married, one child.
* Born 17 August 1957.
* Clean driving licence inc. M/cycle (and HGV provisional).
* Excellent health, non smoker.
* Willing to relocate.

Active sportsman. Interested in Sailing, Skiing, Squash and Football. Enjoys car restoration and
presently learning to play Bridge.