Excited for eviction week :)
Stock Controller at Tesco (Beer/Car money whilst in 6th form), Higher Technical Apprentice at Rolls-Royce before graduating to my current role as a Safety and Reliability Engineer.
Safety and Reliability Engineer
Rolls-Royce Plc. (Civil Aerospace Engineering)
I started my career as an Apprentice, now I help design jet engines for planes like the super efficient Airbus A350XWB, ensuring it can safely fly for up to 2,000,000 miles without a service.
I work as a Safety and Reliability Engineer for Rolls-Royce Plc. in Derby, No, I don’t have a company car and we don’t even build cars any more! (Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is owned and run by BMW).
I work in the Civil Aerospace division where we design and build jet engines, just like the ones you might find under the wing whilst flying off on holiday with your family.
My job is to make sure that the engines we design are safe and reliable enough to meet some really tough targets set by governments. This means I use Maths and Statistics to prove that your average Jumbo Jet (Boeing 747-400) could fly to the moon and back over 10,000 times without a major engine breakdown. Of course that’s silly because jet engines and aeroplanes don’t work in the vacuum of space, but you get the idea.
If you’d like to know more about the company and the other markets we work in please watch the video below which shows how we’re creating “Better Power for a Changing World!”.
Alternatively you can;
Visit our website – http://www.rolls-royce.com/
Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RollsRoyceGroup
My Typical Day
A typical day for me usually involves talking to design engineers to understand the latest ideas they have for engine components, then I analyse these designs using numerical models and simulations on the computer to show how safe and reliable they are. That means I have to work out how and when the part will fail and then tell the designers how to improve it.
My day starts when I get to the office at around 7:30am. Don’t worry not all Engineers have to get up so early, I like to be in the office at this time it’s nice and quiet. (It also means I get to go home early 😀 ).
In the morning I might have some meetings with Design Engineers who will want to talk to me about their latest design ideas. We’ll discuss it and then they’ll provide me with all the data I need to go and do some calculations.
I take the data which the other engineers give to me and I look at it to understand what the data is telling me. This is usually done by looking at graphs and tables which are really helpful to show trends and relationships.
Maths and Statistics are very important to my job because they give us hard facts to base our theories on, without them we only have opinions which can often be wrong.
After lunch I’ll use the data to programme a model into the computer and then run a simulation to show how the component will operate in a real engine.
From that simulation I can tell when and how the component will break and what the effect of that will be on the engine. So then I can tell the Design Engineers if their latest design is safe and reliable enough to meet our targets. This usually involves me giving a presentation or writing a report, so good English and Presentation skills are a must for any Engineer.
Once I’ve finished my report or presentation I might ask the Design Engineers to do some testing to prove the theories from my simulation. The results of which can be explosive! The video below shows a “Fan Blade Off” Test where we deliberately break one of the Fan Blades at the front of the engine at Maximum power. This is to prove the engine will safely shut down, which this one did.
What I'd do with the money
I’d use the money to help local schools develop great practicals for the classroom, inspiring more people into Engineering Apprenticeships.
I always remember from my school days that the equipment we had to do experiments with was often old, broken or a bit boring. I’d like to donate the money to local schools to help them purchase new science equipment they can use to develop really exciting practicals which will help inspire young people like yourselves to get hands on and involved with science and engineering.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Innovator, Musician, Motorcyclist
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Seeing the Airbus A350 XWB flying a low pass over Derby for the first time, the culmination of years of hard work and the atmosphere of the assembled crowd of engineers was amazing!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Dave Grohl of course
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only once or twice for being a know it all…
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
An Experimental Physicist
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Reel Big Fish
What's your favourite food?
Chicken Curry…Nom Nom
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Riding my bike across the Pyrenees in Northern Spain with my Dad
Tell us a joke.
√(-1) 2^3 Σ π … and it was delicious! :)