Amy Petrie

Graduate Engineer

"It's great being able to see the whole process of aircraft development from design and conception all the way through to testing and customer delivery, all within one site."

Why did you choose to join Leonardo?

I grew up watching Sea Kings from the local RAF Station fly overhead. I was fascinated by how they worked and how the aircraft was designed and developed. It was then highly appealing to have the opportunity to work for a world-leading helicopter company, especially knowing that nowhere else in the UK has the capability of Leonardo Helicopters.

What is your current position at Leonardo?

I've just started my second year on the Graduate Scheme and I'm currently in my external placement in the Manufacturing Engineering Office within Operations. I'm working on a lead-time reduction project to aid aircraft build efficiency.

Tell us about your typical week

I have a good balance between individual and team work which provides great variety to the week and allows me to work with a range of people across the company. I’m also part of a graduate team which organises and runs an annual STEM competition for local secondary schools.

What do you like most about your job?

It's great being able to see the whole process of aircraft development from design and conception all the way through to testing and customer delivery, all within one site. Being able to see the work I do directly affect the product is a massive bonus.

What has been your best moment/achievement so far?

It's been great to have the opportunity to work on a number of projects across the scheme which have both benefitted the company and departments I have been involved with. It's been particularly satisfying seeing my work signed off by senior management.

What do you hope to do next?

I want to experience as much of the company as possible, as well as develop my engineering knowledge of the aircraft during my time on the graduate scheme. This will greatly benefit my development and progression within Leonardo Helicopters.

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