August 12, 2021
"In high school I wanted to be an astronaut. I looked up the best career path for going into space, and found that it was to get an electrical engineering degree."
"This led me to spend a lot of time looking at various areas of study in engineering. When I finished my A-levels, I decided not to go straight to university but to look for work locally."
"I was taken on at an engineering company who, after a few weeks, offered to train me formally as an apprentice machinist."
"My apprenticeship went well and I picked up a lot of responsibility in my first job as I gained practical knowledge and programming experience. Eventually I came to the point where I wanted more of a challenge, and to work in a bigger company. So I came to Milltech about a year and a half ago so I could continue building my skills."
"The most challenging part is when the process doesn’t work as expected and the cause of the problem can’t be found – you can run the same program, on the same machine, with the same tools, and have problems that didn’t exist before. It can take a lot of patience, and in the end usually only requires a minor adjustment of the right variable to tweak things to run smoothly and reliably."
"I would advise them to do some research and find a company with a good reputation that is local to them. Look up what the job involves – there are a lot of videos online. A position as an apprentice is a great start for anyone who is able to start at a junior level, or else a job as an operator or loader can be a great foot in the door. My main advise is to ask plenty of questions of coworkers who are knowledgeable and work to a high standard; people are very generous with their time and sharing what they know. Don’t be embarrassed to ask about what you don’t know, everyone has started from the same place. Be sure to write it all down too!"
"I can’t imagine where I will be in five years’ time!
Five years ago I was programming 3 axis fixed head lathes – now I’m programming and setting 9 axis sliding head machines."
"I hope engineering can help provide solutions to some of the most pressing global issues, such as food scarcity, pollution and climate change. I know that wherever innovations are made, women will be on the forefront."
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