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Meet the Engineering Department

Our staff from the Engineering Department use their industry knowledge and experience to empower our students. We sat down with them to get to know them a little more.

Carl Hudson

Carl is Head of the Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Welding and oversees the day to day running of the department. He has worked at Canterbury College for 16 years.

Carl first worked here as a Skills Technician, then progressed into Lecturer role, then Programme Director and is now a Head of Department. He has a background in heavy goods and HGV vehicles and used to work as a Bus Mechanic!

Before that, Carl completed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

Carl is an amateur photographer and metal detectorist. He enjoys beach combing local beaches and has been featured in various local newspapers for the interesting objects he has found.

He once found a historic artefact that is currently being investigated by the British Museum! You can follow his adventures on Instagram here.


Karl Swithenbank 

Karl is an Engineering Tutor specialising in 3D Design and Product Design. He has worked at Canterbury College for nearly 6 years.

Starting as a Skills Technician, he progressed to be a Tutor. Before working at College, Karl had a career in Product Design and Graphic Design.

Karl was born in Germany, but grew up in Cyprus and spent his childhood living at various military bases, including in Scotland. He moved to England in 2011 and gained a degree in Visual Design at the University of Kent.

In his free time, Karl enjoys the outdoors and loves to kayak, cycle and play golf. He has a home workshop where he works on his own projects, including making kitchen utensils with his 3D printer!


Adrian Onyeka

Adrian has recently started working at Canterbury College and previously worked at Dover College for 2 years. He is an Engineering Tutor and has a PhD in Engineering and Electronics from the University of Kent.

Before joining the College, Adrian worked as a University Lecturer. He really enjoys sharing his passion of engineering with students, especially practical elements, and helping to influence their futures.

Outside of College, Adrian is a movie fanatic and loves to further develop his passion for his subject. He also really enjoys engaging with politics and keeps up to date with current affairs.


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