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BEng (Hons) Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
2016
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I recently started working as Graduate Maintenance Project Engineer for GE Aviation. It is a very dynamic role and every day is different. I work closely with my manager and support other engineers in the maintenance department on new projects for improving maintenance related systems which support the business. My day to day duties include: managing valuable assets maintenance and lifecycle on site by using IBM Maximo Asset management software, liaising with external companies, monitoring projects and reviewing and looking for opportunities to automate business processes.

I am having to learn being comfortable being uncomfortable. I am already taking on several small tasks, getting involved in projects and meeting lots of clients. The team always include me, allowing me to ask questions and understand more of the business. The available training resources, courses and feedback from my manager have helped me to gradually build my confidence and make me feel valued.

One of the reasons I chose Glyndwr University was the opportunity to study a degree course which offered broad career prospects. Studying a BEng (Hons) Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, which is a combined degree, I learnt both about Aeronautic science and Mechanical engineering which are both fields I am enthusiastic about. Another important factor was the scholarship package offered to international students.

The course gave me the opportunity to work on group and individual projects. This helped me to develop my research, presentation, analytical and problem solving skills. I learnt to work under pressure and more importantly, to pick myself up and try again and again and again. I gained core practical and technical engineering skills such as working in a workshop and using several engineering software programs, machinery and tools.

I was a determined student and I attended all the lectures and tutorial classes I could. I struggled with examination nerves and did have to retake some exams in both my 2nd and 3rd year. I found usually on the 2nd attempt, not only did I pass the exams but I had a better understanding of the subject. After completing my first year, having to drop out for financial reasons was hard-hitting but I was able to return to finish what I started two years later.

Outside of my studies, joining the University’s training officer corps helped me to develop leadership skills in different and challenging situations by taking part in military exercises, informal social events, training, community projects and expeditions. I also worked part-time which helped to develop my interpersonal and team working skills.

It was a privilege for me to study at Wrexham Glyndwr University. I made lots of friends and worked closely with great minds from all around the world. I would certainly recommend Glyndwr University to prospective students because the university is constantly developing and looking for ways to improve. The university is rich in terms of facilities and resources available to engineering students. Most lecturers are approachable and provide a walk in policy to students. The courses are well structured and balanced and there were usually extra tutorial classes to support students on challenging modules.

It was while I was in college studying a BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing course that I suddenly developed a genuine enthusiasm for aerospace science and engineering in particular. After college, knowing I could not financially afford to go to University, I kept my options open by pursuing an apprenticeship career but naively missed out on an opportunity with Airbus thinking I was too young to move away far from home back then.

Anyway, knowing that careers, just like rockets don’t always take off on schedule, I continued working the engine by relentlessly working in the retail industry for a period of two years and I was able to save up a big chunk of my earnings to fund my tuition and accommodation fees at university. Two years after I finished my bachelor degree, I was blessed with a scholarship provided by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to study a master’s degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University. I landed my unexpected career with GE Aviation straight right after my Masters.

I have come to realise that the detours of life are quite often necessary for us to get to where we want to be because then we appreciate things more and don’t them for granted. It is important these days that employees are flexible in a world of dynamic working environments so don’t limit yourself to a certain field. Taking on a degree course will open so many doors. The possibilities are limitless so why limit yourself? The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them anyway into the impossible.

My favourite memory of Glyndwr was probably my graduation day. It was a day I had longed for on a bitter sweet journey spanning 5 years. I remember watching other graduation ceremonies and saying to myself that hopefully someday it would be me in my graduation gown.

I would like to thank the Gateway Church in Wrexham for all they have done and for welcoming all the students into their lives. I am grateful to God for leading the way even when it seemed I was lost. I have had doubts and several challenges along the way but also a lot of miracles too which has made my faith stronger over the years.

I am very grateful to all my friends, family, lecturers, student presidents, the international department staff and careers staff for all their exceptional support throughout my journey. I would highly recommend Neil Pritchard and Gillian Hewitt to any and every student looking to build their CVs, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and preparing for job interviews. I am also especially grateful to Elizabeth Jane Lloyd of the international student department for looking after me during some of my difficult times.

If I could go back and do it all again and go through all the ups and down, I would. I remember someone once saying to me on Campus that “Learning is not just something you do at school. It is something you do for the rest of your life.”

Discover more information about our BEng Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering,or for more information about our range of courses within The School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering, please visit the school page.

 

 

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