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Job offers fly in for Aberdeen graduate after nine years of study


An Aberdeen graduate is celebrating success following almost a decade of study to become an engineer during which time he achieved top grades, undertook an industry work placement, managed a restaurant during a successful refurbishment and got married to a fellow student.

Malcolm McCombieMalcolm McCombie (25) from Aberdeen’s Holburn Street graduated from Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering with a MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Distinction on Friday 7 December at 2.30pm.

Malcolm’s journey started at the age of 16 when he left Bankhead Academy to start an apprenticeship during which he completed a National Certificate in Electronic Engineering part-time. Following this, he attended Aberdeen College full-time to gain a HND in Electronic Engineering.

Following the completion of his course at college, Malcolm took two years out of study to work as Restaurant Manager at the Four Mile House in Kingswells during which time he was involved in an extensive refurbishment and a period of growth for the business.

It was also whilst working part-time during his studies, this time at the Ferryhill House Hotel, that Malcolm met Kath, a fellow student at the University whom he married earlier this year in June after his final exams.

Malcolm enrolled at RGU’s School of Engineering in 2009 and gained entry to the second-year of the BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering course. After achieving top grades in his coursework and exams, the hardworking student was then invited to join the fast-track Masters (MEng) course where he completed a work placement with Petrofac during summer 2011.

Following his successful studies, Malcolm was delighted to learn he had been offered three graduate jobs as an Instrumentation Engineer with Petrofac, Amec and Marathon Oil, accepting the latter where he started working in June.

Malcolm was joined at his graduation by his wife Kath, mum Kathleen and sister Kirstie.  

He comments: “I have taken a somewhat different route to get to my graduation day but nevertheless I’m absolutely delighted it’s finally here.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at college and university, meeting new people and enhancing my knowledge and expertise of engineering. It was hard to juggle studies with work and trying to plan a wedding but landing my dream job has made it all worthwhile!”

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
Tel: 01224 262206
Mob: 07970 622229
Email: newsdesk@rgu.ac.uk