Kieran Steele

Aerospace Engineering (MEng)

"I always had a childhood dream to become a commercial pilot, however after looking into it, that job was not for me. I still had a large interest in aircraft, so I wanted at least to have a career based on or around aircraft, hence Aerospace Engineering seemed like the best route.

"After going to several open days at several different universities including Sheffield and Leicester, I ended up preferring UCLan more as the university felt more welcoming and I felt more at home here.

"During my first year and part way through my second-year studies I was included in the university's Shell Eco-Marathon team, this is where I learnt more about CNC machines and materials and made good friends with the team.

"For my placement I was placed as a Manufacturing Engineering intern in the Capability Acquisition team in Assembly & Test at Rolls-Royce plc (The Jet engine one) in Derby.

Kieran Steele

"This role had me working on projects to bring new technology to the manufacturing line by investigating, testing, implementing and providing support for the new technology. During my time I was involved in several projects.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, the team I was with and the work I did I enjoyed and would happily go back there full-time.

"During my time on placement I greatly improved my confidence and ability to work effectively within a team, I also expanded my knowledge of the processes of the production and life cycle of a jet engine.  I would highly recommend a placement, the knowledge and experience that can be found will vary but will vastly help with personal development and your university studies. The application process was a bit time consuming and difficult to balance around my studies, however this gave me experience for applying for full-time positions and greatly improved my management of time.

"My best memory of my time at UCLan is not one but several from the time I spent with the university's Shell Eco-Marathon team, after a hard long day of working on the car and doing laps, the whole team met at the campsite and during the evening we would talk all night, entertaining ourselves, meeting other teams and generally having a fantastic time."

3 February 2020