David Nobbs an Engineering and Science student was at the college from 1967-1971. During this time he studied as a City & Guilds Electronics Technician and has fond memories of his time at college.
David reflects College was so different from school, remarking for instance that lecturers called you by your first name and he says:
“Our lecturer, Mr Whitfield, was a very inspirational teacher who made learning very easy. He wasn’t above making electronic themed jokes during his lectures either!”
David also recalls being on the last course that included electronic valves as well as transistors, whereas the next course was to be transistors only.
Engineering and Science can be enlightening!
While at College he loved visiting the high voltage lab, where “flashes of lightning” could be created!
The cafeteria was a favourite place, being the place where David discovered his love for Pink Floyd. A fond memory was the band’s ‘See Emily Play’ seemingly on a constant loop in the jukebox!
David has been a lifelong fan of Pink Floyd ever since.
After leaving College, David joined W&T Avery Ltd who were based in the Midlands. They were a weighing machine manufacturer and his first role was that of a Service/Calibration engineer. During his time here, David was part of the UK decimalisation and metrication programs.
David stayed with this company all his working life, eventually becoming a service manager before retiring in 2015.
Ian Head was at City College between 1979-1981. During this time he studied Motor Vehicle Engineering for 2 years, followed by a years course in Motor Vehicle Management.
Ian had a “great time” and enjoyed living in Southwell Lodge student accommodation for his last two years of college.
The icing on the cake with Ian’s time at college was meeting his future wife in his final year!
Ian’s time at college served him well, he went on to run the family business, Bristo’s – a franchised retail motor dealership in Ipswich.