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Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Advanced Engineering Programme

Degree CAD Apprenticeship at Aston Martin

Why did you decide to do a degree apprenticeship?

I have known for many years that a degree apprenticeship was the route I would take in my career. Come graduation, a degree apprentice has already had years of valuable work experience as well as a Batchelor’s level degree, in the same time it may take a full-time student to complete their similar level degree. Degree Apprenticeships offer the most skills that can be gained at this age by far.

Briefly describe your role and the types of projects/work you have been involved in

My full-time role is a CAD design engineer. On my apprenticeship I have rotated around Exterior trim, Interior trim and Trim development; being involved in the development of bumpers, hood vents, exterior finishers, instrument panel, and centre console, all for future production vehicles.

What have you enjoyed the most about your studies?

During my studies I have learnt about subjects that I wouldn’t have normally come across in my chosen career path, pushing me to become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded engineer. Personally, I really enjoy this.

What is the most useful thing you have learnt?

Despite all the subjects that I am studying, time management is one of the most useful skills that I have learnt. Balancing work load between my full-time job and university is difficult, but learning how to properly time-manage has paid off.

What skills are you applying to your role?

During my full-time role, the skills that I mainly apply are: logical thinking, resilience, and time management as mentioned above; all of which I have developed while I have been studying at WMG.

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the future, I aim to become a very well-rounded, skilled engineer, with knowledge of the complete engineering process; as well as further pushing automotive engineering boundaries of the future.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone thinking about doing a degree apprenticeship?

First of all, work hard to be offered the apprenticeship that you want. Also make sure to gain as much relevant work experience as possible.