Interview with first year Apprentices
We interviewed Thomas Hawthorn and Callum Tinson, both in their first year.
Q: How did you hear about the Apprenticeship scheme at Reaction Engines?
Thomas Hawthorne: I was researching different companies for an apprenticeship, I visited a few websites and found Reaction Engines, then applied directly.
Callum Tinson: After I had finished my A-Levels, I decided to look for an apprenticeship. After many interviews/assessment days with various companies I found Reaction Engines through The Engineering Trust.
Q : What do you like about working at Reaction Engines?
A: In the company there is a very happy, friendly working environment and it is a pleasure to be part of the team. Every day there is something new and exciting. We can’t wait to start using what we’ve learnt within the company.
Q: What courses have you studied?
Within Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS) we have learnt how to competently use mechanical machines such as lathes/mills as well as other mechanical equipment. As well as some electrical work. How to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) in Solidworks and we have transferred these skills over to 3D printing. We are currently covering engineering mathematics and started using Arduinos to learn the basics of programming. Most recently we have started doing some mechanical maintenance.
We have also learnt some electro pneumatic instrumentation which we were not expecting to learn about.
Q: Name some key highlights so far:
On the second day of starting at Reaction Engines Ltd, we visited Westcott Venture Park where we watched the firing of a test nozzle. As well as having the pleasure to meet Tim Peake!
Q; What are you looking forward to the most?
Becoming a fully qualified engineer and working with the company.