I’m a Mechanical Engineering Student at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout my degree, I’ve gained work experience wherever possible. This includes a Year in Industry at Rolls-Royce, where I helped design components for UltraFan, a future jet engine that’s 25% more fuel efficient than today’s standard. I’ve also worked at Siemens, supporting the manufacture of superconducting magnets for MRI scanners. More recently, I completed an internship at Gabler Medical in South Africa, where I worked on oxygen and suction supply equipment for hospitals worldwide.

What inspires you in your industry and/or what inspired you to pursue your career? 

I am inspired by the rapid and life-changing developments engineers can make. Everything in our built environment and everyday lives has been engineered to some extent. This includes the shampoo you use, the transport you use, the food you eat and even the clothes you wear. The main reason I became an engineer was because engineers get to make the world a better place. They push the boundaries of what’s possible, whether it’s on land, at sea, in the air or in space!

At school, I was very lucky to have a teacher who used to be an engineer and she was very inspirational. Without her encouragement, I would not be where I am now.

Today, I’m particularly excited about the growth of the Space sector and will attend the International Space University in France in 2019.

What challenges do you face in your job? 

Engineers may be good at problem solving and developing innovative ideas, but there are many things they need to consider. Engineering isn’t purely technical and scientific – a good and responsible engineer needs to consider environmental impacts, business benefits and risks, health and safety, legislation, and even social impacts. Bringing all these elements together when developing one idea can sometimes prove tricky. But this is where teamwork comes in, and a diverse team containing people with different skills, backgrounds and expertise is essential.

Another challenge I have faced as an engineer has been keeping up with the latest tech and market trends. Engineers will often make use of new and existing technologies to help solve problems, so they need to be aware of what’s available to them. To stay up-to-date with new developments, I enjoy attending events, conferences and training courses and I also read up on new tech.

What advice would you give to young pupils thinking about taking up a career in the manufacturing or engineering industry? 

As an engineer, you might be developing new materials for a prosthetic leg, improving the way jet engines are manufactured, designing a new electric motorbike, or managing the setup of a new chemical processing plant. There are so many industries, locations and environments you can work in as an engineer, and it can take you all over the world. Plus, it’s well paid!

Reach out to some engineers (most will be happy to offer advice!) and get a feel for all the different areas of engineering; aerospace, humanitarian, civil, automotive and biomedical to name a few! Take a look at the Tomorrow’s Engineers website for inspiration.

Seek advice from a range of sources and consider as many engineering industries and careers as you can, and then decide if engineering is for you.