James Gyves

James Gyves
James Gyves

Work at Rolls-Royce is challenging, but each day is different. It’s never difficult to get up for work in the morning when you know you are working for one of the true giants of the engineering world.

Course: Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Experience (5 Years) [MEng]

Course dates: 2006 -2010

Current occupation: Professional Excellence Engineering Graduate at Rolls-Royce

 

I have been on the Rolls-Royce professional excellence programme for just over six months after graduating from The University of Manchester in July 2011. At Rolls-Royce, we develop high performance gas turbines predominantly for use in civil and defence aerospace, although our marine and nuclear businesses are also experiencing rapid growth.

I am currently working as an Electrical Systems Engineer in the Strategic Research Centre, which has the responsibility of investigating and developing emerging technologies that could offer a step change in the performance of Rolls-Royce products. We take what are initially ‘blue-sky’ concepts and rapidly turn them into feasible solutions, before they are passed onto other parts of the business.

I have been tasked with the development of high performance heat exchangers for the next generation of power electronic converters. It is my responsibility to determine which technologies we should invest in, secure any surrounding intellectual property and design and build functional prototypes.

My next attachment will be in Singapore, at the new Rolls-Royce Seletar facility. There I will be Project Manager on a work package to introduce 3D surface measurement techniques onto wide chord fan blade production lines.

Work at Rolls-Royce is challenging, but each day is different. It’s never difficult to get up for work in the morning when you know you are working for one of the true giants of the engineering world.

My MEng degree gave me a solid foundation in every aspect of electrical engineering, especially in power electronics and electrical measurement, which are both of growing importance in the aerospace industry. Course units throughout this course at Manchester, in particular the fourth year team project, give you all the skills that you need to work effectively in industry. This is invaluable, along with the other experiences you gain while at the university.

I would recommend the course, the University and the city as a whole to anyone who is looking to get ahead in life and have an enriching experience along the way.

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