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My Professional Training year – Lucia Perea, MEng Aerospace Engineering

"Working for Airbus was a fantastic opportunity for me and if I hadn’t been a student at Surrey – which has such a great reputation for Professional Training – I would not have been able to get this placement."

Taking a Professional Training year enabled Lucia Perea to spread her wings in more ways than one. Not only did she get the chance to work for one of the biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, she also relocated to Toulouse, France – where Airbus SAS is based – for the year.

Gaining a valuable insight into the day-to-day life of an aerospace engineer, Lucia worked for the company’s customer services engineering team for landing gear systems on wide body and long range aircraft, liaising closely with the airworthiness and design departments. Some of her responsibilities were to manage daily repair requests, track hard landings and update booklets on incident investigation data collection. “As well as expanding my knowledge of landing gears, I gained many important skills that will help me in my future career: teamwork, time planning, organisational skills and the ability to communicate confidently both on the phone and in public,” says Lucia.

Lucia impressed her colleagues at Airbus so much that she was selected to be part of the EADS (now Airbus Group) Juniors Program. Through this scheme, Airbus selects the best-performing interns from across the Airbus companies (with only 60 people chosen out of 5,000 in 2013) and stays in touch with them through meetings, mentoring and other activities. As an Airbus Junior, Lucia has the opportunity to network and further develop her knowledge through workshop sessions and visits to Airbus facilities, and to attend events such as the Paris Air Show.

“Working for Airbus was a fantastic opportunity for me and if I hadn’t been a student at Surrey – which has such a great reputation for Professional Training – I would not have been able to get this placement.

“I’m proud of my work during the year and how I managed to adapt to another country without difficulties. When I leave the University I want to work for Airbus or another aerospace company with a graduate scheme. My dream job? To be CEO of a big aerospace company!” 

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