Chaniece Truelove graduated from the MEng Aeronautical Engineering in 2017, winning the RAeS Best MEng Student 2017 and IMeche Best Project 2016 awards. She is now a Graduate Aerospace Engineer for DE&S, part of the Ministry of Defence.
"My role is predominantly in-service support for UK Defence. So far this has included six months of working within the Chinook delivery team where I was in a structures and environmental damage role, and then I moved onto working in the Adour engines team which is based at Rolls Royce. The Adour engine is used in the Hawk aircraft which I guess is mostly recognised as it’s the aircraft that the Red Arrows use!
I am now working on a seconded placement in the flight physics team at Airbus, which means for six months I will be out of the MoD and working within industry. Following my time at Airbus, I plan to work at RAF Brize Norton before regrading into a permanent engineering role at the DE&S Headquarters, based in Bristol. This flexibility with placements is one of the many reasons I chose the MoD graduate scheme.
What I enjoy most about my job is that no two days are the same. I have the opportunity to visit various military bases, various design organisations (including Boeing in Philadelphia!) and testing facilities, and work with military personnel and industry professionals to gain exposure to a wide range of real engineering projects.
I frequently use the knowledge and skills learned during my degree, although the graduate scheme has really helped with learning how to apply the theoretical knowledge you learn at University to actual engineering problems.
Learning to write reports, deliver presentations, work to deadlines and other soft skills that I gained whilst at USW have also greatly benefited me within the workplace.
I chose to study USW's MEng Aeronautical Engineering degree as I have the longer-term goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer, and a Masters level qualification is a requirement in some institutions to become CEng.
I completed summer placements between each year of my degree, rather than taking a sandwich year. This was ideal for me as I wanted to experience different companies.
I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at USW; the course was interesting and had a great balance of theoretical and practical work – which was what I saw as a major benefit when applying.
The lecturers are enthusiastic about their subjects and always willing to spend extra time to support their students especially in the final years where it was critical!"