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First class engineering graduate secures BAE role

04 December 2014

John Edwards

Max Taylorson joins graduate scheme

A first class honours degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has helped a high flying Luton student secure his dream engineering job.

After completing his mechanical maintenance engineering degree, Max Taylorson joined BAE Systems on their graduate scheme and is based at their manufacturing and design facility in Barrow-in-Furness. This week he celebrated his achievements at the University’s graduation ceremony at Preston’s Guild Hall.

Reflecting on his success, Max said: “I was made up to get a first. I’d always wanted to work in engineering and my degree results have given me that chance. Defence engineering allowed me to combine my marine engineering experience with the theoretical knowledge gained at UCLan and BAE provided this opportunity.”

BAE’s graduate scheme is a two year programme which requires Max to spend time working in different departments of his choice. He joined the scheme in September and is currently working in the mechanical department.

“At the moment I’m working on the design of components and systems for the next generation of nuclear submarines – the Successor Project. We’re currently developing the buoyancy control system which enables the submarine to dive and surface again.”

Prior to joining UCLan the 23-year-old had worked in engineering with his father. He then completed his merchant navy training at South Shields Marine School, where he gained the HND in engineering which enabled him to join UCLan. Despite this, Max admits university was difficult to start with.

He added: “I never did A Levels. After school I went straight into work and then college, which I didn’t enjoy. I had the practical engineering experience but not the formal education, so starting university was a big shock. But the support was there when I needed it and the lecturers are friendly so I quickly adapted.

“I liked the structure of the course because it gave you a bit of freedom. You were given the work and the deadline and were left to get on with it, which was great for me.”

He may only be three months into his graduate scheme but Max already has one eye on the future and is hoping he has a long career at BAE.

“At the end of the two years I’ll have a review, which will look at the areas I worked best in and what I enjoyed the most. This will determine where I’ll be working in the future. I enjoy the design area, so that’s where I’d like to end up.

“BAE is a good company to work for so I’d like to go through the ranks there and run my own team. That would be brilliant.”