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CAD Engineering Apprentice at AIM Altitude
What were you doing before your apprenticeship?
Before this apprenticeship, I completed a Level 2 Administration Apprenticeship. I learned a lot but decided it wasn’t the right career for me and that I needed a bigger challenge.
How did you get into Engineering?
I was looking for apprenticeships on the gov.uk website. I wanted to find something practical, challenging and interesting and so engineering seemed like a great fit.
Why did you choose Engineering as a career path?
I have always had an interest in design and creative subjects. I wanted to find a career that would allow me to be creative as well as offering good prospects. My role as a CAD Engineer allows me to be creative and I also have the chance to work with inspection which adds variety to my working day. Engineering is a great field to be in because it is always growing and developing.
What do you like about it?
I like that I am always learning something new and that there are so many ways to progress.
What do you do day to day when you’re at AIM?
I spend some of my time using CAD software to design tooling to aid the production of panels. These panels are then assembled and used for aircraft interiors. The rest of my time is spent inspecting tools and parts, using a Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), to make sure that they are within tolerance.
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
After completing my apprenticeship I hope to have a strong understanding and experience of engineering principles and CAD so that I can progress further in the company, or use the knowledge I have gained to allow me to excel in other fields of engineering.
What do you find hard or challenging?
There is a lot to learn when you work in engineering; therefore it is important to always ask questions because new information or problems always arise. Making notes is a great way to remember and consolidate all the new information gained.
What tips or advice do you have for women trying to get into engineering?
Don’t be put off by the gender imbalance, as long as you are willing to learn and work hard then engineering is a great place to be.
Interested in learning more about Women in Engineering? Read more about our 7 Famous Female Engineers in History.