'Triumph' for student as passion for motorcycle design lands him dream job

A student with a passion for motorcycles has landed his dream job with iconic manufacturer Triumph, years after his father first took him for rides on a bike made in the same factory where he will be working.

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Callum Field with his electric motorcycle

A student with a passion for motorcycles has landed his dream job with iconic manufacturer Triumph, years after his father first took him for rides on a bike made in the same factory where he will be working.

Callum Field, 22, from Eastbourne, will be joining the company at their headquarters in Leicestershire as a design engineer when he completes his BSc (Hons) Product Design degree at Nottingham Trent University's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

Callum has an interest in raising awareness of the potential of electric motorcycles and electric vehicles and as part of his final year work will be exhibiting a 1977 Honda SS50 at the University's 2015 Degree Show, which he has converted to electric from a severe state of neglect.

As well as restoring the rolling chassis, his design required special mounting fixtures and modifications to batteries and the motor, in order to bolt them onto the 38 year old bike. The end product is a power train delivering 800W of power to the rear wheel, with a projected top speed and range of 40 mph and 30 miles respectively.

Callum said: "Courtesy of a father who often gave me rides on the back of his motorbike and had me pass him tools as he was fixing them, I've always had an interest in motorcycles. I spent 14 months working for Triumph on my placement year and was offered a full time job for when I leave university on the back of my work during that year.

"One of the bikes my Dad used to give me rides on was actually a Triumph from the very factory I've ended up working at. Despite having a vested interest in the company, I had never considered the possibility I could work there. Needless to say though, I'm incredibly happy to be working for them now."

The 2015 Nottingham Trent University Degree Show is open to the public from 29 May to 6 June. The twenty exhibitions collectively form one of the most wide-ranging displays of student art and design in the country.

Inspiring works produced by almost 1,200 students from the renowned School of Art & Design and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment will go on display across Nottingham Trent University's City site.

Details about the shows are available on the 2015 Degree Show website.

Despite having a vested interest in the company, I had never considered the possibility I could work there.

Callum Field, BSc (Hons) Product Design

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'Triumph' for student as passion for motorcycle design lands him dream job

Published on 4 June 2015
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