A day in the life of an engineering logistics controller

A day in the life of an engineering logistics controller

We recently spoke with Abul Fozol Muhammad Ekram a Logistics Engineering Controller who kindly shared an overview of what he does on an average day, career highlights, and his hopes for the future of aviation.

 

Why did you choose to pursue an aviation career?

Aviation was my destiny. I graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BA (Hons) in Criminology, the course covered wide-ranging topics including, sociology, psychology and the criminal justice system. I became a graduate (in 2012) during the Great Recession and this fundamentally affected the labour market, making job opportunities scarce.

Nonetheless, after two years I managed to secure a job as Travel Sales Consultant for a local travel agent and this signalled the start of my journey towards the Aviation industry. I did not have any knowledge of the industry, I quickly applied myself in tasks and learned how to use Amedues and Sabre flight booking systems.

Through these systems, I built holiday packages from British Airways and sold them to customers and this assisted me in posing the query of why I don’t work for an airline. This was the start of my journey towards working for British Airways. April 2015- when I landed a job as a Cargo Specialist for British Airways at London Heathrow Airport.

I revelled in the high-pressure and paced environment, whilst preparing and securing cargo for air travel. Although the job came with its challenges, my passion for Aviation grew during these four years working for the industry as I was aware of the impact that my job would have on customers and the economy. Finally, I am now working at London City Airport for BA Cityflyer, which is a subsidiary of British Airways.

Since 2019, I’ve enjoyed working in the airport, witnessing the unique aircrafts up-close. I chose to stay within Aviation because I have the ability to work behind the scenes, making sure that the logistics of flights are in order which gives me satisfaction. My line of work makes a difference to the company, customers, and the economy. Plus, I enjoy watching aircrafts make steep take-offs and landings too!

 

What has been a highlight of your career so far?

The year 2019 was a highlight of my career so far. I came into BA Cityfler with a forward-thinking mind. Despite not having any previous experience in managing effective engineering bonded stores, I have achieved all the objectives that my line supervisor set for the year and prioritised my workload very well.

I have ensured the supply chain flow of essential aircraft spares and equipment, to support BA Cityflyer’s fleet of Embraer 170/ 190 aircraft through the operating network. The job requires the ability to be attentive to urgent tasks such as completing major line stores moves and set-ups just before the COVID pandemic, which have allowed my skillset to develop.

Furthermore, I have always been inclined to work extra hours and additional days for the support of the BACF engineers’ operations. Throughout my time, I continued working after my shift had finished and ensured that tasks were completed. Whether this was vital AOG parts to be loaded onto our aircraft to be sent to the outstations or waiting for crucial AOG orders to be collected and booked in.

My eagerness to learn and adapt has helped me to achieve my objectives that were set at the start of the year Additionally, I believe my willingness to assist the department this year was pivotal in the running of successful day-to-day operations.

 

Have you faced any challenges throughout your career?

Naturally, the COVID pandemic was the biggest challenge for everyone in the Aviation industry. Although the pandemic hit the industry hard, I still have been fortunate enough to keep my job. Mental health is pivotal and supporting any initiative at work or in public is important to me. It can affect everyone and at any time.

The pandemic brought it to the light more than ever – worrying about job security is always top on the agenda. We all love what we do but seeing so many aircrafts grounded and not flying was a shock to the system.

While at work, on every occasion I have made sure the business operation came first. Even when working alone due to teammates being on furlough, I managed both LCY Line and Main stores, ensuring their compliance. I have played an exceptional role whilst we had reduced staff for 7 months (FEB 2020 to SEP 2020), ensuring that the engineering teams, along with other departments were supported.

We started the year by preparing for and completing the Main Stores move, I worked extra hours to assist with the move in late February 2020. We then went straight into the pandemic, with some fairly rapid changes to shift patterns, followed by the introduction of the furlough scheme.

I stayed working the whole summer alongside my supervisor, helping to support the company through the operational shutdown. The year continued to be uncertain, but I have continued to work well despite the uncertainty and I am a vital member of the team!

 

Give us an overview of what you do on an average day?

  • 7:00am – I start my day by logging into the workstation and loading all the systems. Then I check through all the emails. I then flag certain tasks that are high priority, such as, the AOG/Urgent tasks. I am old fashion I love a good old pen and paper to-do list. Nothing beats that! I plan my day so I know what tasks need doing and when by- planning is key for a good day.
  • 9:15am – I check if there are any parts that need taking to the line stores that are showing as shortages. I then begin to examine engineering work packs and see what spares are required. I follow up on any spares we do not have yet with head office. I convey this information to the engineers and keep them in the loop so they can plan. It’s all about being proactive and working as a team when working at a line engineering station. I would process any repairs of unserviceable parts to be shipped to their repair stations and send any tooling away for calibration.
  • 10:35am – By this time I would have had any spare parts, for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance, delivered at the Engineering Main Stores. I would make sure the order was correct, I would visually inspect the part and make sure if it’s rotable that the Part Number and Serial Number match the order. I then ensure that all airworthiness documentation and trace paperwork is legible and in the correct format. It is vital to check the part is of a genuine article and not in any damage. Once I’m happy I will accept and book into the system correctly and give it its very own batch number with a serviceable label with my certifying acceptance stamp. The airworthiness certificate is significant and it has to be provided with the part with the correct details on it. We can have anything come in, from small washers and screws to aircraft emergency escape slides and Radomes. I ensure that I have everything to take to the line.
  • 12:00pm – By this time I have driven from our offsite offices to our Engineering Lines Stores at the Airport and been through airport security. I would make sure all the spares that are planned for the day or night shift are correctly preloaded to their aircraft registration trays or if it’s big parts then they will be preloaded in a bulk. Then I think it’s time for lunch, I’m starving!
  • 1:00pm – I log into my workstation and check on emails, action and follow up on requests. It’s all about making sure you stay on top of things. I would then check what rotable or consumable parts have been issued to what aircraft and process it on the MRO system. It’s crucial we update and record these details as it keeps everything in check. Then I would inspect all the unserviceable parts that have been removed from the aircraft, making sure the unserviceable label details are correctly filled in. I will then process this on the MRO system and ensure that the repair teams are aware so they can do their bit. It’s all about teamwork!
  • 2:00pm – by this time all the unserviceable parts have been processed. I check through all our shelf-life expiry parts, to ensure that I remove any consumables, be it adhesives or paint sticks do not stay in stock. It’s vital that we stick to the strict shelf life given by the manufacturer and also stated on the Certificate of Conformity so it’s adequate for its intended use. I remove them and process them on the MRO systems and dispose of it using a waste disposal process. I also check any tooling that needs to be sent away for calibration so I remove it from stock and ship it to the correct repair station for calibration and inspection. I also make sure that we have replacements for when we remove tooling so our engineers always have another for their tasks.
  • 3:00pm – I would make sure that all pick requisitions for certain aircraft are picked and are allocated for the right aircraft registration. Making sure they are preloaded correctly so our engineers can find and use them. Making sure all the correct paperwork is it is very important. Sometimes we have AOG pick request which a prioritised. If it’s required for an aircraft for the line stores or needs to be taken back to the Main Stores to be shipped to an outstation, we make sure we see it through.
  • 5:00pm – I check through the engineering work packs for any revisions. Making sure that all spares are preloaded and the engineers have everything they need in order for them to complete their task. Always double-check! If you’re not sure then ask! I liaise with the engineers and or Head Office to make sure if there are any spares due in and follow up. Once I am satisfied, I can return to the Main Engineering Office. It’s always good to make sure the engineers are happy and have everything they need and go through the work packs. Remember – teamwork makes the dream work!
  • 5:30pm – I ensure that all work areas are tidy before I leave. Load up my van and secure all parts for transport to the Engineering Main Stores. Once I have arrived back at my other office I would then quarantine and lock all unserviceable parts in a cage to be processed for shipping to the respective repair stations once the repairs team has processed them. I would usually process them for shipping the next morning.
  • 6:00pm – By this time I would go through all my emails and flag up anything that needs doing first thing the next morning. Speak with all other teams if needed. I would be planning for the next day at work so I know exactly what to do! In this line of job, it’s all about planning and using your own initiative. If I was not on shift the next day, I would write up a lovely handover email to my colleague on shift the next day. Communication is vital in this role, if everyone is in the loop things run smoothly. Then I think it’s home time, don’t you? A good day’s work, I think!

 

What are your goals and plans for the future?

In the future I see myself in a supervisory position. I thrive on challenges and enjoy working on projects. I see myself in the aviation sector for a very long time, it’s been good to me and is certainly an enjoyable experience. I believe I have so much left to give. I have many transferable skills that can be applied in every scenario and one of my biggest life goals is to teach and assist others to be a better version of themselves.

I would love to mentor peers. I love working with people- people make a workforce! I want to build on my experience and I believe aviation and aerospace has a lot to offer. My academic background was not in aviation but here I am, and that’s something! 

It goes to show if you have passion and drive you can go anywhere in aviation – the skies the limit!

 

What are your hopes for the future of the aviation industry?

Although there have been initiatives to increase representation within STEM occupations and Aviation, there still needs to be a lot more work done to ensure credible and persistent accessibility to these industries.

Separately, I believe the aviation industry has always thrived and will do again, even with the pandemic it will bounce back. We can already see it happening, we just have to remain positive and hopeful. The aviation industry is lucrative and an exciting place to be in. There are so many technological advancements, lots of new developments and great aircrafts being built. The future will most definitely be greener and more sustainable.

Moreover, another thing close to my heart is Space. Its looking so exciting right about now. Aerospace and aviation go hand in hand, just watch the space, we have exciting times ahead I’m sure of it! Everyone must stick together as an industry and support each other. That’s the key, together we can make the uncertain be certain and the impossible become possible!

What is one thing you would like to have known before starting your career?

Having worked in aircraft engineering and dealing with so many parts, consumables and tooling. I would not have known their names or uses due to my academic background. Every day I get to handle delicate instruments and materials. Everything I deal with is high value and of sensitive material.

I learned many technical terminologies which I would have not known prior to working in Engineering. It’s an absolute privilege and a really exciting environment to work in!

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Day in the life of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Day in the life of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Omoh is from Nigeria, and currently works as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Air Peace. He’s been there for almost three years now. Below, Omoh gives us an insight as to what it’s like working as an Aircraft Engineer:

 

When did you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in Aircraft Engineering?

In my country Nigeria, with the degree I had (mechanical engineering) the best jobs were in the Oil and Gas or Energy industries, then the Construction industry – there’s a lot of competition to get in. I had always loved maintenance and Aircraft Maintenance is one of the most rewarding technical jobs, and there’s fewer job candidates than mechanical engineering ones.

 

What was your career path?

I graduated from university with a mechanical engineering degree in 2010. After examining my strengths and passions and doing a bit of research I decided to become an Aircraft Engineer.

After this, I started at an Aviation School (vocational trade school), learning the basics and acquiring my professional license (FAA). After this, I got a job as an Aircraft Technician. Later on, I was promoted to Certifying Aircraft Engineer.

I really enjoy working on the different aircrafts that cross my path. Learning about the technology behind the aircraft systems and fixing them is fascinating. It’s also nice when you save the crew and passenger’s day!

 

 

 

What does a typical day at work look like?

I work in line maintenance. That involves carrying out pre-flight inspections, transit inspections, troubleshooting and rectifying problems so the aircrafts are able to get back in the air as soon as possible.

I also occasionally work in heavy maintenance when an Aircraft has to be placed in the hangar for scheduled inspections, or a serious repair has to be done.

 

Are there any qualifications in particular that would benefit a role like this?

The most basic qualification you can get is a license. An EASA Aircraft Engineer’s license is the most sought-after. It’s a pre-requisite in Europe, and it’s the most accepted in the world.

It’s a longer path to get it, but it’s definitely worth the work. There’s also the FAA Aircraft Mechanic’s license for people who wish to work on US registered aircrafts. In addition to a license, getting a type training on a specific aircraft e.g. Boeing 737NG or Airbus A320 is the second best investment you can make for your career.

 

What skills does a person need to be able to do a job like this?

A good science background, and good communication skills are critical. It helps if you are a hardworking individual, and have fit qualities: you should be dependable and trustworthy, and be a good team player. You should always be safety conscious and have situational awareness.

It’s a great job that one can make a great career from. It comes with a lot of responsibilities and discipline is vital. An individual that derives joy from fixing things will really appreciate a job like this, just like I do. Also, it’s one of the highest paying jobs for a trade that doesn’t require a 4-year college degree.

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Training to become an engineer in the aviation industry

In this article, we look at the necessary steps required to become an engineer in the aviation industry.

Recent labour market data shows that aviation engineers can earn between £20k-£35k a year on average in the United Kingdom. Salaries differ based on experience, training or location and will increase based on experience and capability.

The UK aviation industry employs over 250,000 people and has an annual turnover in excess of £18 billion.

 

Job Overviews

Below, you can see more in-depth job overviews for various engineering roles in the aviation industry.

 

Education

Any individual considering a career as an aviation engineer usually needs to have 5 GCSEs (grades 9-4 or A-C) as well as 3 A-Levels which include maths or science, or a comparable BTEC qualification.

The above qualifications would then allow entry to a university degree in aeronautical engineering, or similar. Many universities offer aviation engineering courses and being accepted at top universities has become quite competitive.

It is possible to gain employment as an aerospace engineer even if you haven’t completed a degree in aviation itself, some relatable courses include:

  • Electrical/ Electronics Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics/Applied Physics
  • Software Engineering

 

Once graduated, most engineers are required to professionally register as either an incorporated or chartered engineer, this would then allow individuals to apply for jobs almost anywhere in the world.

 

Apprenticeships

Completing a university degree isn’t the only way a person can pursue a career in aviation engineering. Many engineers start out as apprentices with more and more airlines offering training schemes.

You can find apprenticeships by directly approaching companies such as; airline operators, airline manufacturers and engineering companies. These training schemes allow a young person to work towards their engineering license (known as a Part 66), once this has been obtained you are officially a qualified engineer.

Qualified engineers then have the option to pursue their career at the company which has provided the training, look for new opportunities at different companies or continue their training at university.

Apprenticeships usually appeal to people who do not want to attend college, or university and prefer to learn in a practical environment.

 

Work Experience

If you have gone down the further education route then some work experience is usually essential before landing your first, permanent role. Gaining pre-entry experience prepares you for working life and shows employers that you can put your knowledge into practice.

Many university degrees offer sandwich placements, allowing students to work for 6 months, to a year at participating companies – this usually occurs before the final year of the course.

Post-graduate training schemes are also growing in popularity and are available at large aviation firms and companies partnered with the university. Opportunities such as this are not available at smaller firms who lack comparable resources, these sort of companies tend to conduct their training on the job, supervised by an experienced member of staff.

It is possible to gain experience via a summer or vacation placement but it is advised to contact major aviation companies well before your intended start date as competition will be high and places will be limited. Work experience at non-aviation related engineering companies can also be beneficial and these sort of placements are likely to be in greater supply.

 

Volunteering

All experience is valuable so if you are struggling to get accepted on a placement then writing to companies and requesting to shadow an engineer for a day, or a week shows initiative and enthusiasm.

Volunteers do not necessarily need to apply to engineering companies to impress potential employers, graduates can still gain industry knowledge and applicable skills by volunteering at organisations such as; airfields, airports, aircraft related museums and flying clubs.

 

Further qualifications and certifications

Once a degree has been completed, a graduate with a 2:1 grade or above has the option to further their education with a Postgraduate degree, or a Masters. A graduate with less than a 2:1 grade may find it difficult to get accepted on postgraduate courses at a lot of universities.

Completing a masters is a sensible choice if you have completed your first degree in an unrelated subject.

It is also worth noting that these courses are largely self-funded, although some universities offer a discount if you have already completed a degree with them. It is also much easier to achieve incorporated or chartered engineer status if you have been accredited by a professional body such as the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

You can find a list of accredited courses at Engineering Council – Accredited Course Search.

A Higher National Diploma will not be enough to enroll on most aeronautical university courses but would allow an individual to enter the industry at technician level, or be accepted on one of the training schemes mentioned earlier.

 

Further Development

Once in employment, an engineer can choose to work towards incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) engineer status if they haven’t previously done so. This status is internationally recognised and is accredited by the Engineering Council – these qualifications allow an engineer to progress their career and command a better salary.

To reiterate, Chartered or Incorporated engineers must become a member of a professional institution such as the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

In order to do so, engineers must show a certain level of competence and experience. Gaining membership status could involve the completion of a Postgraduate Degree, a project management course, individual training courses or a self-initiated report.

Qualified engineers must stay on top of industry changes and pay attention to key developments – being a member of a professional body can help with this as institutions such as the RAeS provide on-going training, regular conferences and specialist groups which focus on professional development.

Many aviation companies also enroll their staff on short courses, both internal and external to help meet any specific training needs or to train staff on new equipment or technology.

 

Average salaries for engineers

Below you can see the average salaries for various engineering roles within the aviation and aerospace industry, according to 2019 Aviation Job Search data:

  • Overall average salary for engineers according to our 2019 data: £53,955.55
  • Aerodynamics Engineer average salary: £47,232.49
  • Aeronautical Engineer average salary: £49,331.55
  • Airworthiness Engineer average salary: £54,542.68
  • Avionics Engineer average salary: £41,392.35
  • B1 Licensed Engineer average salary: £60,012.61
  • B2 Licensed Engineer average salary: £57,241.944
  • Chemical Engineer average salary: £45,000.00
  • Design Engineer average salary: £53,694.69
  • Electronic Engineer average salary: £57,973.93
  • Flight Engineer average salary: £60,277.78
  • Hardware Engineer average salary: £92,071.43
  • Human Factors Engineer average salary: £69,500.00
  • Mechanical Engineer average salary: £40,969.39
  • Planning and Project Engineer average salary: £45,261.19
  • Process Engineer average salary: £42,934.79
  • Quality and Assurance Engineer average salary: £44,217.56
  • Safety Engineer average salary: £52,548.08
  • Software Engineer average salary: £77,990.65
  • Structures and Stress Engineer average salary: £55,975.61
  • Systems Engineer average salary: £77,809.63
  • Test Engineer average salary: £60,673.08

 

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How to write an electrical engineer CV

How to write an electrical engineer CV

Whether you’re applying for your first ever aviation electrical engineering job or are simply looking for some guidance on creating a stand-out CV, we’ve analysed some of the best electrical engineer CVs around to give you the most essential information you need to succeed. 

Never underestimate the power of your CV. Not only does it win you a vital interview, it also gives the recruiter an insight into what kind of employee you will make. 

Use these pointers to help write an electrical engineering CV that outperforms all of the other applicants:

 

Begin by defining your CV structure

Starting your CV can often be the hardest part, leading you to put off writing altogether until the last minute and resulting in a lower quality document.

If you begin by defining your CV structure, you should find that filling in the different sections becomes easier, simply because you’re working to a template.

A basic structure should include:

  • Contact Details
  • Profile
  • Core Skills
  • Work Experience (including responsibilities and achievements) 
  • Education and Qualifications
  • Interests (optional)

Feel free to copy and paste these to give you a starting point.

 

Optimise for impact 

Recruiters are highly likely to skim-read your CV in the first instance – after all, they could have several hundreds of applications for the role! Therefore, the key is to optimise your CV for impact, so that even if a recruiter spends a mere 10 seconds scanning your application, they’re able to pick out your most valuable assets.

Format your core skills section into a bullet pointed list to make them pop out during the skim-read. A powerful profile section at very top of the document will help to capture the recruiter’s attention, so use this section to highlight your best achievements and most impressive and relevant skills for the job. 

Be specific in terms of the specific electrical engineering experience that you have by describing your relevant responsibilities in previous projects – whether that’s experience of the development of electrical hardware, project control and monitoring or application of design software. This way, you’ll allow recruiters to pick up on your tangible experience with ease.

 

Focus on relevancy

If you have a lot of experience in the civil engineering field, the biggest challenge can be keeping to the recommended CV length. Ideally, a CV should be two pages long – anything longer than this can be highly off-putting to recruiters. 

You may have to be quite ruthless in the content that you include. Giving every detail of every job you’ve ever had will take up space that you could be putting to greater use. Take a good look at the job requirements and focus on including information which proves that you can carry out the role.

Ultimately, every detail in your CV should be relevant to the job you’re applying for.

 

Provide evidence of your skills

All recruiters like to see that skills can be backed up with facts and figures – but this is even more so the case with engineers, who are generally very mathematically orientated.

Engineering recruiters will be more impressed with statements that include figures. For example:

 

  • Delivered Project A in xxxx weeks.
  • Introduced a system which saved xxx hours of work per week.
  • Reduced energy output by xxxx.

Always quantify your skills to make them more powerful. Loose, generic statements with no evidence behind them generally lack impact.

Follow these 4 key steps and you’ll sure to create a highly effective electrical engineering CV.

 

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Is your dream job to become an engineer in the aviation industry? Then you’ll need a job winning CV that stands out from the rest of the competition.

Impressing recruiters with your CV is the first big step to getting your foot in the door with a company, so before you begin your job search, writing your CV should be a priority. Although you might be super talented with your hands, sitting down to write out your CV may be more of a challenge than you think.

With this in mind, we’ve put together some top tips to help you get started with your engineering CV, so you can top the list of those invited for an interview.

 

The basics

Contact details: This seems like a simple tip, but there is nothing more frustrating for a recruiter than to see a CV that delivers in terms of experience and skillset, only to fail to contact the person due to outdated or incorrect contact details. Triple check that you’ve left the right details with no typos, as this could be detrimental to your whole application – don’t risk finding your dream job because you forget to check.

Professional summary: This section is the first and most important selling point of your CV. Sitting in the top quarter of your CV, your professional summary consists of a few sentences which explain who you are and why you are write for the job you are applying for. In this section, you may wish to showcase your years of experience, key skills you have to do the job in question, qualities that will fit with the role, and potentially your career ambitions.

Consider this section carefully. Recruiters receive a lot of CVs for jobs, so it’s very likely they’ll be skimming each one to find the most relevant details. By including your key experience and selling points in this section, you are giving them the information they crave right at the beginning of your CV – which is great for them, because they haven’t had to work hard to find it.

For example, a professional summary for an engineer’s CV in the aviation industry might look something like this: “Expert aircraft maintenance engineer with over 7 years’ experience. Highly skilled in risk management, cost control, resource utilisation and general project operations. In-depth technical knowledge and manual dexterity. Task oriented and organised, I strive for success. Adept at identifying complex problems and ideal, realistic solutions for aircraft. Excellent communicator who works well with others. Committed to ensuring aircraft safety and optimal level of operation. Looking for a role that will challenge my skills and put me on the path towards senior management.”

Skills: Too many people fail to include this section, because they feel it will be covered across the ‘Experience’ section. But the key to including your skills separately is that you’re making it easy for a recruiter to see them, and therefore saving them time to see if you fit the bill. Make your skills stand out with this section, and be sure to tailor which skills fit each job application most.

For example, an aircraft engineer’s skills section might look something like this:

  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Strong oral and written communication 
  • Design optimisation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Structural and thermal analysis
  • Risk management
  • AC/DC theory
  • Teamwork

Qualifications:

Qualifications will be essential for your CV. With such an important job at hand, recruiters need to be sure that you are more than qualified for the job they’re hiring for. So if you can’t provide evidence of the relevant qualifications, they could skip past your CV. Qualifications you might find on the CV of an engineer include:

  • Mechanical (Design) Engineering 2:1
  • CAD
  • Project Management Professional
  • Training: Advanced Project Management, Risk Management
  • MS Office Suite
  • Java

Experience: 

Your experience section will be the door to your career so far. Here, you will show that you have the relevant experience that leads up to this next job. Try to avoid using full sentences (if you do, keep them short). Bullet points seem to work best – and don’t be tempted to include every task you were responsible for at work. Just the important bits that highlight your capability to do the job you applied for.

Education:

For some engineering roles, you will be required to have a specific degree for the job e,g, mechanical engineering, or aeronautical engineering. Be sure to include any education you’ve received in the relevant areas – this will strengthen your application, as recruiters will have a clear understanding of your background knowledge.

In some ways, it also helps to reaffirm the idea that you are working your way along your chosen career path, an admirable trait many companies value. 

For example:

Key responsibilities:

  • Working as part of an engineering team to develop mechanical design solutions for electronic cabinets used in naval applications
  • Using ANSYS finite element analysis tools
  • Utilising design optimisation tools to test weight reduction
  • Cost and technical proposals
  • Designing equipment for naval applications, including inboard and outboard electronics undersea hull array, towed array, or acoustic sensor programs
  • Creating new designs and modifying existing designs
  • Working with mechanical engineers as well as representatives from manufacturing, quality, drafting and other engineering disciplines

Hobbies and Interests:

Hobbies and interests are more important than most people think for your CV. In some ways, this can help recruiters to identify whether you would be the right fit to their company culture.

Most organisations want someone sociable and confident, so if you have hobbies that you think will highlight this, make sure you include them.

For example:

“Avid footballer, captaining my national league team for over 5 years.”

 

Tips to capture attention

While the above is important, there are some key formatting tips you can use that might just give you the visual edge over other CVs too. Through strategic placement and simple formatting, your CV could have a much greater effect on a recruiter over the others. 

Top quarter: As previously discussed, the top quarter of your CV is essential, because it includes the shortest and hopefully the sweetest section – your professional summary. It’s essential that this summary screams ‘I’m perfect for this job!’because it’s likely the part recruiters will read in detail before they decide to move on from your CV, or pop it in the ‘interview’ pile. Pack this section with keywords that match the job application to show that you are the right fit for the job. In the top right hand corner of your CV, you should also include your name and accompanying professional title, which lets recruiters know instantly what job you are pursuing. Your contact details can be placed underneath this too. 

Length: Your CV should be no more than two pages long. Any more, and recruiter’s may feel that you haven’t been as succinct as you could be. Giving a recruiter more to read because you wish to leave no stone unturned isn’t wise. Give them less information, with more effect, if you really want your CV to make an impact.

Format: A tip that’s often overlooked by many, formatting your CV so it’s easy to read makes it much more attractive to the eye. We’re not just talking layout here – font type and size are also important. Have a play around, and print your CV out to see how friendly it is to they eye, Fonts like Comic Sans are seen to be slightly informal for a CV, but the likes of Quicksand are easy on the eye, and size 10 – 12 is easy to read. Using smaller, less complex sentences also makes your CV easier to read, and breaking up the text as much as possible means it’s simple to follow.

Avoid including images – recruiters don’t need to see this. Just written evidence of how suitable you are for the job. 

 

Other tips

Proofread: This is one of the biggest tips we can give you. Submitting a CV filled with typos or inaccurate information could sacrifice your CV. Always proofread your CV, and ask someone else to proofread it for you too.  

All set? Then you’re ready to start your application for the job you want! Oh, and don’t forget to download our ready made Engineer’s CV guide below – it includes tips and advice for your CV relevant to your job. Simply click below download it now!

 

 

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As you finish university and start looking for the job that you have been working towards for the last few years, one of the first realisations you will have is that you are entering a very competitive job market.

Aviation engineer jobs generally receive a large number of applications, therefore it is really important that your CV is so polished that recruiters are compelled to offer you one of their limited number of interview places.

This is how you can create a CV that earns you that interview:

 

An attention-grabbing personal statement

Your personal statement has to be really strong to catch the recruiter’s attention enough to want to find out more about you. There will be plenty of applicants with similar or the same qualifications as you, so you must use the personal statement to stand out.

Injecting your personality into it and explaining your passion for this industry and type of work will show them that you are focused and willing to work hard to succeed.

Showing your personal drive in this section will help the recruiter to form a better idea of whether you are a stronger candidate than others. Be sure to include your most notable achievements and any awards or exceptional grades.

 

Examples of your technical abilities 

In the engineering industry, it is naturally highly focused on technical abilities, so you must convey these as astutely as possible. In addition to what technical qualifications you have, the recruiter will be looking for evidence that you have a very high level of technical ability.

You might be able to draw on some projects that you delivered or examples from work placements. The more examples of relevant technical skills and experience, the better.

 

Work placements

When you don’t have any on-the-job experience because you are applying for your first job, examples from any work placements should be used to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience required.

It is also beneficial to refer to your knowledge of general engineering practices, regulations and maintenance safety as these are key requirements, that will be expected in a graduate CV.

 

Part-time jobs and transferable skills

In addition to work placements, you should be able to use experience from part-time jobs to your advantage too. Even if the job was not related to engineering in any way, there will be a number of transferable skills that you can discuss to show your suitability for the role.

For example, evidence of your analytical skills, ability to collaborate within teams, problem solving etc. are all relevant to the role you are applying for. You can refer to skills that you have demonstrated whilst studying, or even from sporting achievements and personal interests if they are relevant and transferable to the engineering industry.

If you have not written a CV to apply for a job before, it is a good idea to research examples of personal statements for the same roles and to use a CV template to ensure that you include all of the key information in the correct format. Finally, always get another person to read over your CV to provide feedback before you send it to recruiters. 

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