Aircraft engineer at British Airways

Start Date:
Cardiff / Caerdydd
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
July 2019

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Each days tasks vary depending what is needed to be done. Most of the tasks I do include me being paired up with someone qualified or in a small team and the tasks mainly involve visual inspections and checking things are not damaged as well as checking bolts are in place

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have got better at paying more attention to detail and I have became more focused. I feel that my best skills are working well with others and solving problems with the help of others. New skills I have learnt are to be able to lock wire to ensure bolts don’t move out of rotation

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The programme itself is hard work and requires a lot of dedication however working with the people I work with on shift It is enjoyable. Most of us get along and we all work hard for eAchother to get jobs completed. Most of all I enjoy the challenging aspects of the job

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme is structured well and it has a good amount of organisation to it, I believe the aircraft engineering world has to be organised in order for things to be safe and correct. I also like knowing that I am safe in the work place and others are who are working around me

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


B A are a good company to work for and they do try their best to get the apprentices involved in interesting jobs. I found myself being challenged and also learning a lot right from the start. Some times the people I work with don’t like the responsibility of an apprentice but do try their best to help

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


The training provider I am with is good and the college side of things is realistic and relevant to my job giving my a good understanding on what kind of jobs I will come across in the future. I think that I learn more at work but my teachers are good at transferring college work to real scenarios

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


I learn realistic and relevant things I get that my job can be challenging but also rewarding. Some tasks are tedious however most of my training helps me with better techniques to make things easier as well as safer. I would include that my training has made me better at having an electrical mind set

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


As a whole we like to organise nights out with eAchother and we get together to plan things such as going out together for a few drinks or even get together to play tennis in the summer. I have made some good friends and I enjoy working with them as well

9a. Would you recommend British Airways to a friend?


9b. Why?

If you are into aircraft and engineering it is a really enjoyable and exciting job you can carry out tasks that are mechanical or electrical and it is really interesting to see how things are done and how simple aeroplanes work. I also like the way we are treated fairly

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to British Airways?

As there are assessments prior to interviews it is important to get a little practice. General engineering knowledge and common sense are a couple of the simple things they look for before offering an interview. You can practice these tests online and there are usually multi choice answers to answer so it’s not too difficult

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