Chris Andrews

Technical Officer

Qualifications

BSc, BA, PRINCE 2, ITIL, CELTA, RPQ-S, IOSH.

Overview

Roles at Chester

FSE Technical Team

Chris forms up part of the Technical Team at the Thornton campus, offering specialist support across the Faculty of Science and Engineering, primarily in the areas of systems engineering, supporting the Engineering departments and the Natural Sciences. He has been a key driver in designing and setting up laboratory facilities for control engineering, electrical machines and power systems, working alongside academic teams to develop and deliver key requirements.

Aerochester

Chris is also the Operations Manager and driving force behind the university’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems initiative, aerochester, which provides a fully managed service for university users to access drone hosted technology to support teaching and research applications. Qualified to CAA approved standards in operating Small UAVs, Chris is part of a pan-university virtual team that offers cost-effective and safe operation of drones for end users in a wide variety of fields including imagery, 3D mapping, surveying and environmental monitoring for disciplines including engineering, geography, conservational biology, archaeology and media.

Professional history

An aeronautical engineer with 30 years’ experience across the UK and Europe, Chris has 28 years’ experience in engineering projects for the Ministry of Defence. With a dual discipline background in structural engineering and electronic engineering, the majority of Chris’s career has involved applying these fields to aviation safety, structural health monitoring and communications systems, before arriving at the University of Chester in 2015.

During his career Chris has managed joint military/civilian teams in servicing and maintaining aircraft and airfield electronic systems. He was also the in-country project manager for the installation of Wide Area Networks across mainland Europe on behalf of British Forces Germany. Building upon his experience of project management, he re-trained in structural integrity engineering and represented the UK on projects in aircraft structural integrity regulation in the Military Aviation Authority for fast jets, unmanned aerial systems and historic aircraft too, including the airworthiness certification process of a Spitfire Mk XVI for the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. This experience enabled him to move on to an airworthiness project role in which he held responsibility for the structural integrity management of the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, including risk and hazard assessment, structural design change management, fatigue life management and structural health monitoring systems.

Family commitments returned Chris to northwest England in 2015, where Chris took up the challenge of supporting the new Faculty of Science and Engineering, and applying his engineering experience to develop and sustain facilities that enhance the university’s capabilities for students, researchers and external stakeholders alike.

Teaching

As well as being an engineer Chris is also a Cambridge-qualified teacher in ESOL, and has taught students at both LILA in Liverpool and at the ABA Lagoa language school in Sao Luis, MA, Brazil. This experience not only helped him aid students’ professional development but has also provided a foundation to understand the needs of non-native English speakers at the University of Chester.

Furthermore, as a non-academic member of staff Chris offers an informal facility for engineering students requiring technical assistance or coaching to progress with their studies and projects.

And finally …

In his spare time, Chris likes nothing more than spending time with his family and walking their dogs at the beach. With a strong interest in language and its learning, over the years he acquired varying degrees of fluency in German, French and Brazilian Portuguese, with his latest linguistic foray taking in a course of Mandarin Chinese through the University of Chester

A would-be all-round sportsman Chris admits that, despite valiant efforts, his abilities in horse-riding, running, motorsport and football have all been affected by both the passing of time and the development of his interest in the culinary arts.