Q1. Jack congratulations on completing your apprenticeship. What made you decide to do an apprenticeship with AML?

A1. I have always been fascinated by aerospace and the engineering behind it. When applying for an engineering apprenticeship I was always looking out for companies that worked in the sector, and once I got the chance to have an interview with AML it was a no brainier for me. After reviewing the website and walking around the shop with Alex I could see right away that this was the place for me. Ever since being here at AML it has allowed me to understand the inner workings of the engineering behind the aerospace sector, and I am now being introduced to new sectors of engineering through my job which is a great opportunity for myself.

Q2. What does your current role involve?

A2. My role involves running and setting up machines to produce conforming parts that go into different sectors of engineering. I am responsible for ensuring that the machine is running correctly and the parts we are making are to the quality standards requested by the customers. I really enjoy getting hands on with specific jobs, working with the engineers to solve problems. It gives me a sense of pride when I get to see the finished part of a job that I have been working on for a long period of time.

Q3. How valuable in your opinion is learning on the job and being hands on? 

A3. Learning on the job has been vital to me. It has given me the chance to envisage how CNC machines work to produce components of different sizes and extreme tolerances. Without getting hands on it would be very hard for me to understand how important the different aspects of the role are, from setting the tools, ensuring the jobs and fixtures run true and making sure the machine is always doing what it is supposed to be doing.

Q4. What is your favourite part about working for AML? 

A4. It is hard for me to pick a favourite part as it has all been a great experience, however I would have to say it has been working with the different people who have been in engineering for many years, gaining knowledge and using this knowledge to become a better machinist. Without the apprenticeship I would have never been able to learn from the people working at AML and that is invaluable to me.