Chris Walden

Graduate Engineer

"I work with many different people from various backgrounds with different skills in an uncountable number of areas, all in one building. Who wouldn’t want that experience?"

When the smoke cleared on my graduation I didn't really have a direction in which I had pointed myself. I went home and spent a few months working graveyard shifts before getting a call from a recruitment agency telling me that an Automotive Company in South Wales were looking for a graduate to take up a new position. I said yes and two weeks later found myself on the receiving end of a letter from their Human Resources department congratulating me on being offered a job at Kautex Textron CVS Ltd as a Graduate Engineer.

The first few weeks of introductions and experiences were enough to keep me busy. I was already immersed in experiments and meetings that were providing vital product knowledge to numerous departments in the plant of a Global Company. This started me off on a learning curve that took me through the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the plant’s Manufacturing Engineering department; I was getting involved with the automation of product assembly and testing of our parts, all whilst being trusted with designing my own manufacturing processes for new projects under the guidance of experienced engineers, who have a wealth of knowledge and always keen to share their knowledge and insights.

Almost two years on from the start of this Graduate Scheme the days of nervous introductions and finding my way around are long gone, and I am fully involved in a company that has placed me in different departments to gain knowledge; has encouraged me to grasp improvement opportunities; and has allowed me to be truly involved with the people that work here. There are challenges you face as a result of making changes and questioning the way things are done; a company that is open to making those changes is a company of which I will comfortably be part of.

I work with many different people from various backgrounds with different skills in an uncountable number of areas, all in one building. Who wouldn’t want that experience?

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