For many, this year has been a difficult one. Not simply from the drastic social challenges that come with a national lockdown, but also the uncertainty that has arisen for many career prospects across the globe. My own desire to build a stable and progressive career is what led me to Siemens, and at the age of 25, fuelled by an interest in electrical engineering, I took the plunge into my Siemens apprenticeship. As I continue to progress on this exciting journey, I feel this is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the experience and development I have gained so far from my time here.
My apprenticeship started at Trafford College, where I completed a course on basic engineering skills. I was awarded two Apprentice of the Year awards, the first of which was awarded by Siemens and the second award was presented by Trafford College. I also received the IET’s Horizons bursary in this time and I knew immediately I was on the right career path.
Within a year I began working at Siemens Train Care Facility, Ardwick, conducting periodic vehicle maintenance tasks and being encouraged to become involved in fault finding and repair work. I continued my studies in electrical and electronic engineering as I was keen to progress my experience and utilise the opportunities on offer at Siemens Mobility.
I worked closely with the local technical team, particularly the Electrical Engineer, as he is a STEM Ambassador and encouraged me to progress and develop my technical ability. Through this working relationship I too became a STEM Ambassador. I was already volunteering at local and national events, as this is a requirement through NTAR and the apprenticeship scheme, so it made sense to become and ambassador.
Once my apprenticeship had finished, I became a T2 Rolling Stock Technician working on the shop floor at Ardwick Train Care Facility, something I had eagerly worked toward. There was a modification program occurring at the time and the Production Manager for modifications gave me an opportunity to become involved in fault finding and commissioning for the fleet.
I became involved in the technical work and worked closely with the central engineering team who were the proposers of the modification program, a role became vacant and I applied and was offered the job as a Rolling Stock Engineer! I played a key role within the team in delivering the modification I was involved with on the shop floor – Automatic Selective Door Operation (ASDO).
As I gained more experience from this project an opportunity arose on the new Piccadilly line design project for London Underground. These are the 94 new Tube trains we are going to build for Transport for London at our Vienna production facility and our new train factory in Goole, East Yorkshire! I am very excited to be a part of this innovative project as the new design champions sustainability and will be an iconic image on the London Underground for years to come. This role also gives me the opportunity to experience working abroad with a range of international teams and colleagues, so I wasted no time in applying.
As my experience gained through my Siemens journey so far included both vehicle software and train control, I thought I had a good chance of being considered. After a great deal of nerves and anticipation, I began work as a Control, Communication, and Information (CCI) Engineer of the 1st of February! The abundance of opportunity, experience, and clear path for progression within Siemens Mobility has helped me shape and develop my career in an incredible unique and exciting way and for that I am beyond grateful.
As I look to begin the next chapter of my Siemens journey overseas, I plan to document the milestones of my experience with video updates to showcase the opportunities and experiences available to young engineers within Siemens Mobility. Next stop Erlangen!