GCSE: Dorcan School in Swindon. A-Levels: New College Swindon. Bachelors and Masters: Swansea University
The key thing to note with my qualifications is that I did not do very well in my A-Levels, the highest level I achieved was C. Despite this I still managed to go to University later on, which helped turn my life around
I had many jobs before going to University: Cleaner, Cafe, Call Centre Customer Services, Admin, Call Centre Sales.
Graduate Trainee Engineer
I'm an active and inquisitive Material Science graduate, who is relatively new to the world of Engineering
I originally studied Material Science Engineering at Swansea University, but I am currently in my final six month rotation of a two year graduate scheme with Perkins Engines Ltd.
I’m still new to this world of Engineering, and I am currently working in a Mechanical Engineering department despite studying Material Science at university. So I would be a good person to talk to regarding what stepping into the unknown feels like, as I can hopefully help reduce any fears or anxieties you might be experiencing.
Personally I am quite an active person, I love to go for random hikes and visit different countries, and my sport of choice is Water Polo. But I am also an avid gamer, my resent favorite being the new Doom Eternal, which is just epic!
I studied Material Science Engineering, and I am now on a graduate training program with a maker of very large engines. Grad Schemes allow people who have just left Uni to try lots of departments to get experience.
I have worked in 4 different departments at Perkins Engines:
- Research – I helped to develop new engines and machines by using a computer to see what parts worked best when connected to the rest of the machine.
- Cost Quality and Maintenance – I made sure existing parts were made in the correct way, and I helped to fix or redesign parts and processes that did not work properly.
- Material Laboratory – I confirmed if broken parts failed because they were made poorly.
- Fluid Simulation: I currently use a computer to image how liquid and gas flow through an engine, this allows us to see how we can design parts differently to help the engine run better.
My Typical Day: Because I am still new to Engineering a lot of my day is spent learning a bit like you would at school; I read books about the different computer programs I have to use, and I am taught by my team mates (who are experts) about how best to do my job. Then my boss gives me a job, and I put what I have learnt into practice.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to join the Royal Air Force, but I was rejected on medical grounds.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once blew up a plug socket in secondary school, it took out all of the electronics in the building... They were not too happy about that.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling to South East Asia: India, Vietnam, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia.