A RAYTHEON employee is flying high after making a life-changing career move.
After 21 years as a storeman at the Broughton facility, Shaun Sutton, of Cefn y Bedd, is now a skilled aircraft electrician.
Three years ago, at the age of 43, Shaun decided to retrain and signed up to a City and Guilds course in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at college.
Raytheon recognised his enthusiasm and agreed to sponsor Shaun and, thanks to this and his determination, he has now realised his ambition.
Speaking in his new role as a skilled aircraft electrician, Shaun said: 'The support and guidance I received from both the management and my colleagues here at Raytheon was fantastic, and gave me the motivation to pursue my goal.
'All the studying seems worthwhile now and I'm really pleased, as my career move benefits me and hopefully Raytheon, too!'
Shaun studied in his spare time attending both Deeside and Yale colleges.
Raytheon was also able to offer him additional support by moving him to the Electrical Sub Assembly and Ground Station departments, where he gained hand-on experience.
RSL, the UK-based subsidiary of Raytheon, employs more than 1,500 people. The company is a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence and is involved in many high-priority programmes for the US Department of Defense. RSL designs, develops and manufactures a range of high- technology defence and commercial electronics.