Bradley is now in a strong position to secure a job after a Sandwich year placement with GE Aviation.

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Bradley was interested in electronics from a young age

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, Bradley Hurrion, enjoyed electronics from a young age due to his father’s interest in the subject. He studied electronics, physics and mathematics at college before enrolling onto a full-time electronics course at USW. 

Bradley opted for a year-long work placement at GE Aviation

During his second year of studies, Bradley discovered that it was possible to do a sandwich year on his course. In this case, a sandwich year meant that Bradley’s course would change to a four year degree and he would spend his third year on placement to help further his skills and gain valuable experience.

With the help of student services, he secured a sandwich year placement with GE Aviation in Cheltenham as member of the Hardware team for a brand-new project. 

“I always remember being sat in a guest lecture and the host explaining that if an employer has two CV’s in front of them – one with high grade but no placement and the other with lower grade and a placement, the one with experience in industry will always get the offer. From that moment, I knew that a sandwich placement was the correct choice to help with my career.”

It was much more than making tea, as Bradley explains…

Bradley had multiple roles during his placement from designing to testing, production and multiplexing that enhanced the skills he had developed on his course. This included working on and leading elements of an aircraft systems project, learning about avionics and working to improve power distribution systems.

“Some highlights of the placement for me were getting to be a part of a large team, making friends and socialising, as well as being able to take the lead on some elements of an aircraft systems project. I enjoyed organising communications between the internal and external teams and wider stakeholders and it’s these kinds of skills, as well as ones you learn in the classroom, that will make you stand out to employers.”

He also found himself volunteering at various events across the South West of England to increase interest of electronics and engineering in the local area and liaising with suppliers to coordinate the correct materials for his project. He felt this gave him beneficial procurement, management and event planning skills that he may not have gained through his lectures alone.

“I had a lot of support from the team at GE Aviation as well as from my lecturers back at USW which insured I got the most out of the experience. There is no such thing as a silly question and you are there to learn as much as you can, so don’t be afraid to ask. I even won an award for most enthusiastic staff member at the end of my placement!”

Bradley is now in a strong position to secure a job after university

Bradley felt that the sandwich placement gave him the chance to use his skills within a real job environrment, and understand what skills he needs to build on in order to secure a job after university. So much so that after the year in placement, Bradley changed the modules within his third year of university, knowing that after his third year he’d have the rounded skillset and CV required for industry.

Bradley is very proud of his year in industry

“My ideas will one day be incorporated into the design of a plane and will be flying in the sky, and that is something I am immensely proud of.” 

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