"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."
Placement companyAirbus, France
"The University of Surrey has a strong reputation in the field of Aerospace Engineering, and it is also close to London, Gatwick and Heathrow which makes it the perfect location.
In terms of course content, one of my favourite modules was Engineering Materials. Taking this allowed me to explore materials testing which I have always been fascinated by. The facilities at Surrey also enabled me to undertake experiments easily and I particularly liked using the EnFlo lab.
Lecturers are passionate about their subject and really want you to learn, so they will go the extra mile to make sure you understand what’s going on.
At Surrey, I have been able to take full advantage of the Professional Training placement scheme and have interned with Airbus in Toulouse, France. I got the opportunity to have an internship in one of the world’s leading aeronautical companies, something that would have been impossible in my home country of Spain.
Gaining a valuable insight into the day-to-day life of an aerospace engineer, I 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 my 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.
I 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, I had the opportunity to network and further develop my 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!
When I think about Surrey, I think about the amazing people I have met, the beautiful campus and my time on placement. Since arriving when I was just 17, I can say that now, I have matured and learnt so much, which has left me a better person with a more open mind."