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Aerospace Engineering alumnus talks about Rolls-Royce career

Kieran Steele is working in his dream job within Civil Aerospace Engineering on the Rolls-Royce Graduate Development Programme, after studying MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire.

When Kieran was young, he wanted to be a pilot. It was only whilst he was thinking about his future at college that he decided to become an engineer, as he had always been passionate about discovering how things work and are designed. Reflecting on his degree choice, Kieran said: “Aerospace Engineering was the optimal route for me to take.”

During his time at University, Kieran secured a one-year internship at Rolls-Royce as a Manufacturing Engineer Intern. Kieran’s academic success in the first two years of his course, coupled with his five-year experience as an air cadet, helped him secure this competitive placement.

After graduating with a first-class in Aerospace Engineering, Kieran celebrated with his family and friends at his September 2021 graduation ceremony. Talking about his graduation celebrations, he said: “I celebrated with my family and course my mates, some of whom are now my friends for life. There are many photos of me with a beaming smile, which I had for the whole time.”

"I have finished university with a first-class Master’s of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering, but I have also found the love of my life."

Kieran Steele, MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering graduate

When asked about his greatest achievement since graduation, Kieran said: “Starting my graduate programme at Rolls-Royce, the whole of University had prepared me for this and I am able to carry several skillsets and abilities from UCLan straight into the workplace.

He continued: “I have finished university with a first-class Master’s of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering, but I have also found the love of my life."

When asked about what advice he would give to graduates or prospective students wanting to do something similar, Kieran said: “The aerospace field is very prosperous but you are not limited to the aerospace field if you do an Aerospace Engineering degree. However, it would be beneficial to have an interest in this field as you will be more involved and interested in the lectures and willing to work harder.”

Kieran Steele, MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering graduate
Kieran Steele, MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering graduate