B/E Aerospace Careers Day

Harry Walsh – Yr 13 was representing the school at a B/E Aerospace Careers day on Tuesday 25th March.

My name is Harry Walsh and I am currently studying Maths, Physics, Technology and ICT at AS Level.  On Tuesday 25th March I got the opportunity to go to B/E Aerospace in Kilkeel, to gain an insight into Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I aim to study Aerospace Engineering at University as my ambition is to become an RAF pilot.

The day was organised by interns from B/E Aerospace who were on a placement year, one of which happened to be a past Dalriad, Ben Whittaker. The day was extremely informative regarding what a career in engineering involves.  There were around thirty students involved from all over Northern Ireland.

In the morning we had a talk from the interns about the history of the company and what exactly they did.  We also got an amazing tour of the factory where over 25% of the world’s airline seats are manufactured. In the afternoon we had a team competition to manufacture an airline seat that had to hold the weight of the host of the event, Conor Philips. However we were only allowed to use sellotape and a limited amount of newspaper and this had to be assembled in 30 minutes. This tested our teamwork, organisation, problem solving and communication skills.  There were a lot of strange creations built but my team won and each member of the team received gift vouchers for various stores.

I really enjoyed the day and it opened my eyes as to what a career in engineering could lead to.

Harry Walsh – Yr 13