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Composite Engineering Apprentice at AIM Altitude
What were you doing before your apprenticeship?
I did a year at Cambridge Regional College studying for a Level 2 NVQ in General Engineering. The modules covered a range of engineering practices, including how to safely and efficiently operate machinery like Lathes and Mills, in-depth Health and Safety training and comprehensive electronics study.
How did you get into engineering?
My passion for engineering stems from flying with the cadets. I was responsible for cleaning the underside of the glider I had been flying and I would also teach other cadets about piston engines and how they work.
Why did you choose engineering as a career path?
I have always liked hands-on work and getting involved with everything I could to get my hands dirty. There is plenty of that in an engineering career so it was a perfect fit for me.
What do you like about it?
I like how every day is different. Even within the same department, you always have the chance to learn something new.
What do you do day-to-day when you’re at AIM?
Since I am in inspection, I mainly inspect seat shrouds to see what rework needs doing. I will then inspect them again once they have been reworked. I also spend time in test labs and learn about mechanical testing, fire testing and how to test radomes.
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
I would like to have the opportunity to be head of a department and to increase my knowledge of AIM as a whole company.
What do you find hard or challenging?
Trying to get my point across in a group discussion.
What tips or advice do you have for women trying to get into engineering?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because you’re a woman. Keep working towards your end goal as the more you prove yourself, the more people will respect you.