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I studied a MEng in Aerospace Engineering followed by a PhD in Experimental work on Additive Layer Manufactured Components at University. AWE is a company local to where I grew up which is well recognised as a good company to work for. When I was finishing university I decided that I wanted to join a graduate scheme to ensure that I could experience a wide variety of roles within a company, to decide what I wanted to do before settling down. The AWE graduate scheme allows me the chance to do this and see what I want to do in the future, in a well-respected Science, Engineering and Technology company.
I am just finishing the graduate scheme and starting work in Additive Manufacturing (AM). On the graduate scheme I have worked in ‘In Service Support’ where I helped with ensuring the system and components through life. I have also worked in Nuclear Threat Reduction where I have helped with designing items for use in forensics testing on site. While working in AM I helped to design parts for additive manufacture. In moving there permanently I will be moving into a research and testing role to see how we can use additive machines on site as well as working towards companywide projects.
My first day was interesting. I enjoyed getting “thrown” into the company and quickly picking up information and knowledge on the deterrent. Everyone helped me fit in and learn new skills I wouldn’t have picked up at university.
I wanted to work at AWE as it’s a company that works in a unique Engineering field that has a number of interesting and diverse opportunities. I liked the idea of the graduate scheme because I would get the chance to work around the company, learning more about what AWE does and how I could contribute. It also meant I could try a number of areas before deciding where I would enjoy progressing my career.
The best thing about my job is the variety and opportunities I’ve had, such as travelling to and working with the US on projects related to Additive Manufacture.
My days are varied and can range from doing paper work or designing parts at my desk to getting hands on and working on a machine, turning it round and building parts. The variety is what keeps it interesting as well as continuously learning and improving my knowledge
AWE gives you plenty of opportunities to work in a variety of unique areas but also to interact with the local community promoting STEM subjects and opportunities. AWE is a very unique place to work- it’s rewarding knowing you are helping to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent. I see my career developing within the company as I work towards CEng and promotion. Even on the graduate scheme I have had the chance to manage projects and to help other people develop further.
I would definitely recommend my role and particularly the graduate scheme to people looking into a career in engineering as the opportunities to develop and improve your knowledge at this company are great.