I was part of the Lean Burn team within Combustion Sub-Systems. We were working on developing next generation combustion technology which will be featured on UltraFan, an engine Rolls Royce is developing for 2025 with better emissions and fuel efficiency. I was involved with the testing of the combustors and Fuel Spray Nozzles.
Having hands on experience at the testing phase allowed me to better understand the concepts, learn valuable skills and be part of important research, which was always exciting because the phenomena's identified by the research that we learnt about had the potential to have a positive impact on future gas turbine engines.
At Rolls Royce, I was able to continue my volunteering efforts by joining their STEM outreach programs, to teach and motivate the young generation on how interesting and rewarding a career in engineering could be. The many professional events organised by the company allowed me to network with industry professionals, share ideas, have meaningful conversations and learn about their careers.
I also had the opportunity to shadow the CEO. This was probably the highlight of my placement because I was able to learn how top-level decisions are made and the challenges of running a global business, whilst learning technical knowledge doing an engineering placement.
‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’ - In relation to the opportunity to shadow the CEO - I emailed him and made that opportunity for myself, to learn about the business while on an engineering placement.”
At first, the transition from study to work was a bit tricky and I missed all the free time I had whilst studying. Eventually though, I got used to it and learned how to manage my work-life balance and made the best of both sides.
During my time with the Combustion Sub-Systems Department, I learnt a lot about combustor design, the thermodynamics cycles in gas turbine engines and the various methods/stages of testing combustors. This knowledge will benefit me when I undertake my Gas Turbine Design module this year. I’ve also got a better understanding of the concepts and applications of the theories I’ve learned at university. I’ll be returning to university motivated and confident about the choices I’ve made to build a good career.
My one-year work experience with a reputed engineering company will help me build a strong CV and be able to present myself as a confident candidate having the necessary skills to succeed in an engineering role. Furthermore, this experience will be counted towards an Engineering Chartership, which I look forward to work on, once I graduate.