APPRENTICE TEST & DESIGN ENGINEER
UP UNTIL NOW
I joined Thales from College and, once I’d settled in, was assigned to the B-ATS team in Avionics. I soon discovered there were several exciting aspects to the project I was working on, not least the fancy new machine they use and the robotic arm they’re acquiring! Since then I’ve been placed into the team of another brilliant project, Team TIGER! We’re providing support services for Satellite Data Units, for companies such as Boeing, Airbus and Embraer. These incredible little boxes provide communication for Pilots to the people on the ground, as well as on-board Wi-Fi. Well, everybody loves being able to access Wi-Fi!
EXCITING STUFF. VARIETY. AND ROBOTS.
It’s fair to say I’ve learnt a great deal in a very short period of time. One project I worked on was the new B-ATS rig. That was particularly exciting as I have a keen interest in the Aerospace industry, and this unit is capable of countless tests related to making sure the electronics on-board aircraft like the Airbus A320 are working properly. Recently, we tested the system that allows cabin crew and pilots to all talk to each other. Let me tell you, becoming familiar with programming, testing procedures and fault finding on kit like that definitely keeps the brain ticking over.
YOU’RE AT THE CENTRE
The brilliant thing about an apprenticeship here is that it’s tailored totally around you - no two people have an identical experience. You get to rotate through different divisions of the company too, no matter how much they vary from your usual role. This is particularly useful as it gives you a different perspective and enables you to understand how the company operates as a whole. I’ve worked on a range of projects, had lots of training and begun planning my future over the next two years, with a view to diversifying my skillsets. And, because Thales are at the forefront of some really exciting technological innovations, there’s always something new and interesting going on.
A GREAT PLACE TO WORK…AND PLAY
Working at Thales is a privilege. It’s a relaxed atmosphere and there are lots of modern facilities. There are always lots of after work activities too. Stuff like bowling, go-karting, paintballing etc. - whatever anyone’s up for really. There are also groups who organise and play sport on certain evenings - just ask to get involved and you’re in. My advice to anyone looking to join Thales? Research the company and have a genuine interest in engineering and the fields we’re involved in. Be enthusiastic and brush up on your English and Maths! If you make the grade, you’ll have every chance to progress as an engineer and train towards management. After that, the sky’s the limit!