Kieran’s on the way to a soaring career

Read about Aerospace Engineering student Kieran’s experience of being on placement and part of the University’s Shell Eco-Marathon team. Just two highlights of his time here.

Kieran Steele is studying Aerospace Engineering.
Kieran Steele is studying Aerospace Engineering.

"I always had a childhood dream to become a commercial pilot but, looking into it, I realised it wasn’t the job for me. But I was still interested in aircraft, and I wanted a career based on it. And the MEng in Aerospace Engineering seemed the best route in.

"After going to several Open Days, I chose this University, I found it more welcoming and I felt more at home here.

"My jet engine placement and time with the University’s Shell Eco-Marathon team are two highlights.

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

"I was on placement as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern in the Capability Acquisition team in Assembly and Test at Rolls-Royce plc (the jet engine one) in Derby.

"I worked on projects to bring new technology to the manufacturing line by investigating, testing, implementing and providing support for the new technology.

"My placement 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 thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the team and work and I would happily go back there full-time."

"I would highly recommend a placement to help with personal development and your University studies. The application process was a bit time consuming, and it was difficult to balance it around my studies. But I now have experience of applying for full-time positions and managing my time.

"My best memories are of time spent with the Shell Eco-Marathon team. After a hard, long day of working on the car and doing laps, we would meet at the campsite and spend the evening talking, entertaining ourselves, meeting other teams and generally having a fantastic time."