In between my second and final year, I experienced a year in industry. I worked in Control – Software Engineering at Rolls Royce. I was part of the software design team for the Corporate, Small and Medium sized Engines (CSME). I worked on various software related work for the aircraft’s engine control system. I was also involved with the Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing software and learned more about the aircraft’s engine control system and safety critical software. I really enjoyed this experience and I found it very interesting as it’s very much related to my course.
The experience has been phenomenal as I always wanted to do it and having this opportunity to experience that, is really satisfying. I have enjoyed every bits and piece of the work I got involve with. To be able to get involved with the development process of safety-critical software for the aircraft’s Engine Electronics Controller (EEC) has been a great experience. I really enjoyed this opportunity to see how the theory knowledge learned at University is actually been used in real-world practical projects.
When I started, everything was quite new so I adapted to that situation, it was more like interacting with people and finding out more about the team and the project work. I gradually started settling in and adapting to the new situation and soon started enjoying this experience.
I got the opportunity to learn new things. I worked with different programming languages such as Ada95 and SPARK (SPADE Ada Kernel). SPARK is a programming language used for high integrity software development in aviation, rail, space applications etc. I was part of a very experienced and helpful team of engineers. I always got help from my colleagues whenever I needed and supported me to learn new things. This opportunity to be part of such an experienced team, and to experience the real-life project work was invaluable.
Finally, support from my Department of Engineering and the Career Development Service was fundamental in securing my placement with Rolls Royce. I am really grateful to the University of Leicester for all the brilliant supports it provides to the students. I am really fortunate to have some remarkable lecturers at my department, who supports and dedicate their time to help the students to succeed.
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