Aman Zeb Khan
Course: Applied Engineering Programme
Organisation: Aston Martin Lagonda
Why did you decide to do a degree apprenticeship?
The reason for choosing a degree apprenticeship for me was that of a simple choice. This was between, potentially being under a large amount of debt straight out of university or starting on the road to becoming an engineer (at the same time also becoming financially independent). Working for a company like Aston Martin Lagonda, was something I just couldn’t turn down.
Briefly describe your role and the types of projects/work you have been involved in
Since starting my apprenticeship at Aston Martin, I have been working on a variety of projects. I was straight onto projects (from vehicles such as DB11 to the highly anticipated DBX). These projects have continually allowed me to learn essential principles/practices required in the industry. If I ever had challenges when working on these projects or queries and questions, I was fortunate to have managers, colleagues and mentors within my department that would always help. My primary focus has been within the BiW & Closures functions.
What have you enjoyed the most about your studies?
The most enjoyable thing about my studies would be the cross connections many of the modules I have taken have with work. This makes understanding sometimes abstract/theory quite easy to digest and learn.
What skills are you applying to your role?
Being based in Research and Development (RnD) CAD, I have been able to apply theories of a range of modules from, Engineering systems to Design for manufacturer & assembly, to my role. At the same time, I still gain a larger appreciation of other aspects outside my role, through modules like Quality Methods and Engineering Business Management. This helped my understanding of the fundamental concepts of product creation and was a good grounding for me in my role.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I have high ambitions for the future. In the long term, I would like to see myself in a more senior position. I would like to have an impact on the early fundamental parameters of a product. These, which in turn have major implications on what I currently do. In the near future, I would like to become a chartered engineer. This for me is one of the pillars needed to cross on the road to truly becoming an engineer.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone thinking about doing a degree apprenticeship?
Be proactive and take every opportunity with both hands, time really will fly through your apprenticeship and if you do not take all the opportunities made available to you or ask questions, you may regret it. At the same time learning to balance your workload, is a key skill you will find out quickly.