Joanne Orlick

Lecturer of Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering

C&T Hub, CM015

+44 (0) 1772 89 3581

Subject Areas: Engineering

Joanne Orlick has been a lecturer in FE and HE for more than 20 years, delivering engineering subjects to aerospace and mechanical apprentices from some of the UK’s leading companies, including Gatwick Airport, Rolls Royce, Aircelle and many others. An avid writer, Joanne has published three fictional books on the theme of metaphysics and personal potential, with her fourth due for release in 2018.

Full Profile

A graduate of Aerospace Manufacture Engineering, Joanne’s focus has always been in education and training. As part of her degree, she benefited from a sandwich-placement at the Technical Training School, Aer Lingus, Dublin, where she contributed to a project developing computer-based training aids for the airports’ maintenance apprentices, the aim being to reduce training costs in the school.

On completion of her degree, she moved to Brighton and gained a PGCE in Design and Technology (11-18), after which she secured a lecturing position at Crawley College, the go-to training provider for Gatwick Airport’s maintenance apprentices. Two years later she headed off a county-wide up-skilling training initiative in her role as Technical Training Manager for Southern Water Services, this being her first major training project involving a six-figure budget and over 100 technical staff. On-the-job training and on-site NVQ assessment (Mechanical Maintenance) formed part of this role.

When this fixed-term contract ended, Joanne moved back to the North West of England, taking up a position at Nelson and Colne College and delivering a range of engineering modules to Higher Apprentices from the surrounding companies. During this time, she developed a fascination with metaphysics and the science of beliefs, personally researching and conducting case studies into various theories, eventually documenting her findings via fictional writing, something she continues to do. She also wanted to develop leadership skills away from education so as not to become ‘institutionalised’ and hence took on project-management roles in the music industry, from coordinating industry seminar’s to branding and PR, and showcasing record label repertoire in Tokyo as part of the BPI’s (British Phonographic Institute) trade mission to Japan. During this time she won two business awards as well as being chosen as the face of Business Link Northwest (Creative).

In 2010 she began teaching at UCLan’s Burnley Campus, delivering a range of modules to Higher Level Apprentices (HNC, Foundation Degree). Because of the amount of apprentices in the region who have passed through Joanne’s classrooms and the positive working relationships she has formed with many of them, she has good industry contacts along the M65 belt. Her attitude is one of lifelong learning and continuing development, with innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism at the heart of her approach to her professional and personal life. Joanne joined UCLan in Preston in September 2017.


B.Eng Aerospace Manufacture Engineering
University in the West of England, Bristol, 1994

PGCE Design and Technology (11-18)
University of Brighton 1995

D32, 33 Assessor Awards
D34 Internal Verifier Awards

Crawley College, 1996



Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module leader – Aerospace Vehicles

Module leader – Aerospace Design and Manufacture

Module tutor – Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation

Project supervisor – Aerospace Engineering Final Year Project