British engineer with Rolls Royce in Derby, GB and Hong Kong, 2004-2007
REEL 1 Background in Tunbridge Wells and Scotland, GB, 1981-1998: family; education; interest in engineering. Aspects of period as engineering student at Edinburgh University in GB, 1999-2004: nature of course and syllabus; industry placement; importance of team working. Recollections of period as engineer with Rolls Royce in GB and Hong Kong, 2004-2007: reasons for applying to Rolls Royce; interest in aviation; qualities wanted by Rolls Royce of graduate trainees; assessment of graduate trainees; Rolls Royce use of integrated product teams; attractions of working for Rolls Royce; attitude to gaining employment with Rolls Royce; induction into company; company ethos towards training; work in Performance Department monitoring Rolls Royce Trent engines; work in Development Department; use of modelling for engine testing; designing of test rig for engine bearing on Trent 900 with graduate team; work at manufacturing department in Glasgow.
REEL 2 Continues: work at overhaul base in Hong Kong; use of industry standards to assess life and behaviour of engines; factors that effect the life of an engine; reasons for decision to work in development; joining development team dealing with engine compressor systems; daily routine; method of work; improvement and reliability of components; use of integrated product team to solve problems with components; degree to which Computational Fluid Dynamics is used during the testing of components; work on Trent 900 for Airbus; responsibility of work; question of future role within company; reaction to seeing Trent 900 engined equipped Airbus flying at Farnborough Air Show.