“I stopped applying for other jobs when I heard about the Meggitt programme. The range of different disciplines in Europe, Asia and the Americas really stood out. Plus the learning modules on offer throughout the three years were exactly what I was looking for—detailed, comprehensive and bang up to date in terms of technology too.”
“There have been a number of catastrophic aircraft fires recently, all linked to lithium-ion batteries igniting in cargo bays. In my first rotation, I’ve been asked to design and test a new fire suppression system to solve the problem. To be working on such a big, real world issue so early on is incredible. They were definitely serious when they said there would be a lot of opportunity here.”
“Eight months in and I was asked to redesign a manifold valve for 3-D print. The interfaces were about the only thing that stayed the same! Now I’m helping to coordinate our research into additive layer manufacturing right across the whole group. If you like new technology as much as I do, the opportunities don’t come much better than that.”
“My background is largely in hardware but since I got here, I’ve been writing scripts to automate the test process for e-brakes. That was a big departure, very challenging at times but the support was there when I needed it. Overall, it’s been the perfect place to develop the tools you need to help shape a global business: flexibility, acquiring new skills, assessing when you need help … you get started on it right away.”
“My PhD focused on fluid dynamics and we discussed at length in my interviews where I could best apply my research and experience. Before you start a career it’s hard to know where you’re going to fit best or what you’re going to find most interesting. The breadth of what Meggitt does combined with the rotations in the graduate programme give you an opportunity to explore that in a challenging but supportive environment.”
“I interviewed with most of the big names in aerospace in the US because that’s where I thought I’d find the R&D opportunities I was looking for. But I had it the wrong way round.
Meggitt is smaller yet, in my first assignment, I’ve been given a blank slate to design and test a new heat exchanger. There wasn’t anything like that on any other programme. And on top of that, the rewards and benefits are better here too.”
“I applied to just two other grad schemes. Both gave two options: train to be a manager or a technical expert. But how can you know which way you want to go unless you get some hands-on experience? At Meggitt, you can take either direction, or move into a completely different area. I like to adapt as I learn so that this degree of flexibility is really important for me.”