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The people at Reaction Engines

Our people are our most valuable asset, they are skilled problem solvers that believe challenges can be opportunities. We take pride in attracting the industry’s brightest minds and It is their diverse set of skills, personalities and experiences that will help us achieve our ambitious goal.

Yashi, Graduate

Yashi remembers her first week… “The induction activities of the first week seems an age away, however since then I’ve been producing many colourful computational fluid dynamics analyses of DEMO-A components in partial fulfilment of my role within the Performance and Aerodynamics team, exploring cutting-edge advance manufacturing techniques as part of the graduate project and co-ordinating the weekly Chief Engineer’s meetings. I think I can say that I honestly did not expect such a variety of work to do within three months of starting my first job and as a result the time has flown by!

A definite highlight of my time so far has to be attending the FormNext exhibition for additive manufacturing in Frankfurt in November with Samuel and Vanessa. The scope of the industry far exceeded what we had envisaged and we walked around in constant amazement at the complexity and variety of some of the showpieces. My first impressions of the company are that it’s a dynamic and fast-paced place to work. At the half-way point of my placement, it is hard to imagine that in three months my placement in the aerodynamics team will come to an end but I look forward to working with other teams on future placements and with other graduate projects.

Vanessa, Graduate

Vanessa tells us, “I am currently doing my first placement in the ‘Programmes & Systems team’. There are currently 19 projects running and I have been learning about the monitoring and control of the budgets and scheduling of these projects. Concurrently I am part of the Manufacturing Technology Review Group (MTRG) with the other graduates reviewing both traditional and more progressive manufacturing techniques. I am also looking forward to learning more about the SABRE engine and seeing the advancements in the design of different subsystems, as well as the new graduate projects that I will participate in and working with new people during my rotational placements.“

Samuel, Graduate

“So far my experience at Reaction Engines has been incredible. The first 3 months have flown by in a flash, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I was a little nervous on my first day, I didn’t know what to expect, however my nerves quickly passed, and it was made easier by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. In my first week, I sat with each member of my team for my placement – Systems Engineering. Each team member gave me a run through of what they are currently working on, and how this fits into the context of Demo A and the SABRE engine. It was a lot to take in but I learnt so much and it was a very useful introduction to get up to speed with current developments. I’ve been learning a myriad of things, firstly for my placement work I’ve been tasked with the system requirements for the Liquid Hydrogen Supply system and the Circulator.

I’ve also been tasked with the getting the compressor bearing housing scanned into a 3D CAD model using a laser scanner and organising static load testing to work out the housing’s stiffness. I will also be conducting some FEA analysis on the bearing housing once it has been converted into a usable CAD model. I am now working closely with the Manufacturing Solutions Division as we transition our investigations from additive manufacturing to subtractive manufacturing methods.“

Baldeep, Junior Design Engineer & Sponsored Undergraduate

Since joining REL at the age of 17, I have enjoyed an exciting and innovative experience. I'm learning a multitude of hands-on engineering skills including turning, milling, hand fitting, brazing, welding, and installation & maintenance of plant equipment. I have also gained knowledge and experience in engineering design using CAD to create assemblies & manufacturing drawings, whilst using hand calculations to verify the designs. Having completed my apprenticeship, I now work within the Design team whilst studying part-time at University to work my way towards a Mechanical Engineering degree. Reaction Engines has supported me throughout my studies so far and I aim to become a chartered engineer.

For me, the key aspects that make Reaction Engines a great place to work are being part of an innovative project which will deliver ground-breaking technology, and working with a dynamic team whilst developing my knowledge in many engineering disciplines. The company’s commitment to prove this exciting technology means that no two days are the same.

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