Name: Jon Whitehouse CEng MIMechE MIET
Career/profession: Chartered Engineer, Company Director, Accredited First Aid Instructor and Assessor.
What did you go on to do after Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School?
A levels at King Edward VI college Stourbridge, then BEng at University of Birmingham.
Please give details of study and subsequent work:
Following graduation I joined the graduate scheme at Jaguar Land Rover in 2010. Progressed to Lead Engineer in the Hybrids team in 2011, responsible for delivery of power electronics and electric machine system components for JLRs first 4×4 Hybrid vehicle. I then took a number of Masters level qualifications, gaining my chartership and six sigma black belt qualifications. I started mentoring other developing engineers, and leading cross functional problem solving projects. I then took an opportunity to set up and run Hybrids Warranty team at Solihull site for 4 years before returning to Gaydon, responsible for the iPace on board chargers.
I left JLR in 2017 to set up my own business, taking on research projects into recycling High Voltage batteries, and took on a lecturing role at the University of Birmingham School of Mechanical engineering industrial synoptic lecture series. I also have a consulting Engineer role with various clients, and interview CEng candidates for the IMechE as panel Chair.
My business since diversified further to include Healthcare training. I became an accredited instructor and assessor for First Aid at Work qualifications, and more recently also Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Patient Moving courses. I’m currently working on a research project funded by innovate UK, and consulting with Nippon Seiki Driver information Systems in a Principle Engineer role.
What is your best memory of the school?
I enjoyed music, languages and the hands on science lessons best. A memory that sticks in my head is making Gun Cotton and using it…
How do you feel the school helped you with your chosen career path?
Elmfield nurtured a desire to understand rather than recite and this is key for any kind of research or engineering career.
What was your favourite lesson at school?
German with Hartwig Schneider.
Can you share any highlights of your career with us?
I was proud of becoming the subject matter expert for hybrid components at JLR, and being able to share than knowledge through teaching at University is a real highlight for me. I was very happy when we were awarded funding for our research project also.