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Harvey Hudson wearing a hard hat and yellow jacket from Vital Energi, standing on the roof of the Christie Hospital which is covered in solar panels.
Harvey inspects the solar panels that he helped to install onto the roof of the Christie Hospital in Manchester

Q&A: Harvey Hudson

Family inspiration and diagnosing problems on his mountain bike set Harvey Hudson on the engineering apprenticeship route. He has since been named the National Apprentice of the Year and has been featured in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘This is Engineering’ campaign.
Harvey Hudson adjusting the seat of his mountain bike.

Harvey adjusting his mountain bike

Why did you become interested in science and engineering?

I was first opened to the world of engineering when I was younger as members of my family work in the industry. This inspired me to explore my curiosity. I started taking things apart and putting them back together so I could learn more about how and why things work. As I got older, I started to do mountain biking, which led to me regularly taking my bike apart, diagnosing potential problems, and trying different methods to resolve them.

How did you get to where you are now?

Once I had left high school, I wanted to pursue a career in engineering, however, I knew I didn’t want to go through the traditional pathway of doing A-levels, as sitting in a classroom wasn’t for me. The apprenticeship route stood out to me as a great gateway to gaining lots of valuable experience and knowledge. I applied for a level 3 Building Services Engineering apprenticeship at Vital Energi where I’ve had the opportunity to learn from industry experts and experience different departments so I could develop my understanding of how a project is delivered. When I finished my apprenticeship, I started my degree apprenticeship which I am currently doing alongside working in the mechanical design team.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

My greatest achievement since becoming an apprentice has to be winning the CIBSE ‘National Apprentice of the Year’ award. The award has brought new opportunities for me to network with like-minded individuals and learn more about the ever-growing industry. I’m also really proud to have been selected to feature in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘This is Engineering’ campaign.

What is your favourite thing about being an engineer?

My favourite thing about being an engineer is knowing I am working on projects that are not only introducing new innovative technology, but understanding the renewable energy industry is having a positive impact on the world by helping reduce carbon emissions.

@thisisengineering Meet Harvey. Net Zero Navigator. 🌍 Passionate about preserving our environment, Harvey’s apprenticeship lets him help companies use low carbon energy, while keeping on track to net zero. #EngineerBetterLives #engineeringjobs #engineeringstudent ♬ original sound - This Is Engineering

Quick-fire facts




L3 Building Services and Sustainable Engineering 

Biggest engineering inspiration:

My Father

Most-used technology:


Three words that describe you:

curious, ambitious, creative

What does a typical day involve for you?

My days vary, I could be in the office producing different types of technical drawings and schedules for different projects, or I could be on-site learning how things are installed and maintained.

What would be your advice to young people looking to pursue a career in engineering?

Always explore your curiosity and ask questions, you never know what it may lead to.

What’s next for you?

After completing my level 3, I have just started my degree apprenticeship in Building Services and Sustainable Engineering. 

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