Hardware Engineer Apprentice Surface Radar & Air Traffic Operations
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I worked on an Air Traffic Control Systems project for a foreign airport. The most exciting part for me was knowing that the systems that Thales provides are used to keep thousands of people safe. It was vital, for that very reason, that we were precise and made sure everything worked as it did. This project not only improved my technical knowledge but also made me more precise in my work and taught me to do everything to a high quality.
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
On every project, we carry out extensive testing to make sure everything works correctly. This is when the whole team really comes together. Although I’m a Hardware Engineer, I still helped out the Software Engineers with their testing. The most important thing I’ve learnt since joining Thales is that engineering is a massive field to work in. There are endless opportunities to explore different areas of the business and to gain knowledge and experience from them.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
From day one I was assigned a Mentor to act as my first point of contact for when I needed help. My colleagues are very friendly and willing to provide help too. They’re also very keen to share their knowledge and train me in different areas of the business. They do this by involving me in projects and taking the time to explain all the different aspects of their work. On top of all that, there are also a number of assigned E-Learning courses, as well as the chance to choose ones which most interest me. Through regular progress review meetings with my line manager, we set targets and goals which aid my training as part of personal development discussions.
LOVE WHERE YOU WORK
Thales is a very different business to most, especially if you haven’t worked in a corporate environment before. It may seem daunting at first but actually it’s really exciting to get involved and work on massive-scale projects. Throughout Thales there are a number of cafés and breakout areas where we can socialise and relax or have informal meetings. We also have the chance to get involved in extra activities, such as STEM School Visits and Thales School Tours, if that’s something you’re interested in.