I applied to Lockheed Martin in September 2016 when in my final year of study. The application process was by CV submission which really made LM stand out for me, as they were interested in the people applying, finding out what made them tick and what skills they could bring to the role rather than how well they could do on a test. LM has a vast portfolio of incredible engineering projects, from the x series planes to spacecraft to being leaders in the defence industry, delivering the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles to the British Army.
The graduate programme consists of four, six month rotations doing real work on programmes from day one. I started out in the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme working on mathematical modelling and analysis for the lethality team, putting my degree into practice. As part of this rotation I was offered a training course in MATLAB which introduced me to the capabilities of the software and allowed me to develop more effective solutions for the problems I was working on.
The next six months saw me undertake a rotation in survivability, which allowed me to get out on trials and do some 'hands-on' engineering before writing acceptance reports to provide evidence of the work that has been done against the requirements for the vehicle to claim compliance.
The next year will see me take up a role in the DRACAS team, carrying out root cause analysis on issues and problem solving. My job allows me to do something different and take on a new challenge every day, I'm constantly learning both by my own discoveries and asking others who are subject matter experts in the field. LM has the strapline 'we never forget who we're working for', and it is this along with the company values that make LM a brilliant company to work for we do things that matter and we care about doing it.