An engineering apprentice in the defence industry, Carrie’s found life working for BMT Defence Services hectic but rewarding. She’s gained many new skills and qualifications and even won a national competition.
As a young girl Carrie grew up with engineering as part of her life, working on mini projects with her father, a mobile mechanic. This included building a Caterham 7 lightweight two-seater sports car.
When choosing her GCSEs she decided to undertake a two-year motor vehicle studies course. However she completed this in just one year so was given the option to do another course, a BTEC in engineering.
“From then on I knew I wanted to get into engineering but didn’t know which area,” she explains. “I started off wanting to be in a pit crew in Formula 1, but after a while I realised that wasn’t the career for me. I then took some time out and got a full time job as a lifeguard - it was then that I saw BMT’s advert in the newspaper looking for apprentices.”
Carrie has been working for BMT for two years now, and has been studying various engineering courses via day release to college.
“I have completed a BTEC National Diploma in engineering design at City of Bath College and achieved a double distinction. I am now currently working on achieving an HNC in mechanical engineering at Chippenham College and hope to go on to complete an HND in mechanical engineering,” she says.
So what’s it like to work as an engineering apprentice at a company like BMT Defence Services?
“The day to day job can be quite hectic when juggling college assignments and technical work, but the people here are great to work with and always happy to help,” Carrie says.
“It is a really rewarding job and all the work I do is really interesting and enjoyable. I have worked in different areas of the company focusing on land and maritime domains for the military, on projects including soldier systems, land vehicles and ships and even health and safety at work. “
Carrie’s been involved in various projects and competitions during her time at BMT including the yearly Industry Powerboat Competition held by QinetiQ.
“The previous year we brought home the second place trophy, but this year we were crowned the winners - an extremely proud moment! I have also been very lucky to be given the opportunity to experience being at sea for the day during a training exercise. This was an amazing opportunity and I learnt a great deal from the visit,” she enthuses.
One of the key skills Carrie feels she’s developed in this job has been team working. Being involved in real live projects has also meant that she’s been able to better understand a customer’s requirements - a key attribute to any successful business.
Looking forward Carrie aims to go to university part-time on day release so that she can complete a top up degree course.
“I would also like to get involved in some work in the Counter-IED area as I was involved in some project work and found it really interesting, plus it’s a very important area to many people,” she adds.