Stratford Upon Avon School
GCSEs, A Levels in Maths, Biology, Economics and Physics
Vehicle Packaging Degree Apprentice
Apprentice CAD Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover
I’m a 20 year old apprentice CAD engineer and I’m currently studying towards an engineering degree at the University of Warwick.
I try and bake a cake every week and enjoy watching/playing football!
I help to design the layout of future sports cars and SUVs
I work in the “Vehicle Concepts & Packaging” department. Our job is to plan and design the early layout of cars (e.g. where the passengers sit, how big the battery is etc) at the very start of developing a new vehicle. I work with a lot of different engineers to make sure to create designs of parts, and get to follow the development of vehicles from early designs right to the finished cars. Along the way we do checks to make sure the vehicles meet quality and legal standards.
It’s a great place to work and you learn new skills quickly (I didn’t know much about cars and had no design or CAD experience before starting!), and get to work with really knowledgeable engineers and am good friends with the other apprentices!
My Typical Day: A typical day starts at 7am, helping to design parts so that they can fit inside a car. I might then review other people's designs to make sure they're ok and prepare presentations on them. I then have lunch with the other apprentices and study cars from other brands (e.g. Porsche, Tesla) to look at how their parts are designed. And sometimes we get to test cars too!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic Talkative Imaginative
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Led a team to create a basic 3D layout of a car from a few sketches in my first 3 months of the job!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Doing Work Experience at Jaguar (made me want to work there!)
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Software Designer (but I like my job!)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
A little bit!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Coding computer games!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I once played volleyball with the England rugby team
Tell us a joke.
Why are football stadiums so cool? (because every seat has a fan in it!)