Rafal Fila, an Engineering student at Northern Regional College, has been awarded the Concorde Cup after achieving the highest grade possible in his BTEC Level 3 Diploma at the College’s Farm Lodge Campus finishing with a triple distinction* grade profile.
Originally from Poland, Rafal (21) has been living in Northern Ireland for the past 12 years and previously attended Ballymena Academy.
Rafal was awarded the Concorde Cup as the Highest Achieving Level 3 Engineering student over the past two years and was also named Further Education Student of the Year. He plans to continue his studies at Ulster University where he will undertake a BEng degree in Mechatronics Engineering.
Congratulating Rafal on his success, Karla Kosch, course co-ordinator of the Level 3 Engineering programme, said the Rafal had shown outstanding commitment from his first day on the course:
“Rafal worked very conscientiously throughout his two years here. He participated in the Career Ready Programme and got excellent feedback from his placement provider, Randox in Crumlin, where he made a valuable contribution to the company during his two-month placement.”
Rafal also took part in the Robotics and Automation Careers in Engineering for 21st Century (RACE21) project, a two-year European project aimed at designing and implementing a robotic or automation solution in a local company.
He was also awarded “Best Innovative Project” design in Electrical/Electronics for his satellite module to research the surface of the planets.
Karla continued: “Throughout his time at College, Rafal displayed an excellent range of technical skills and creativity. He is a well-mannered, polite and conscientious person and displayed exceptional interpersonal skills while working in the group and keeping his colleagues focused on the tasks at hand throughout the travel in Europe.”