Aerospace Engineering and Space Technology Student: Chris Sykes

Ambitious UTC graduate Chris has just started his second year studying Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology (MEng) at the University of Hertfordshire. We recently caught up with him to see how he has been getting on…

“I attended the UTC from 2014 to 2018 and studied the STEM based GCSE curriculum followed by A Levels in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering, which provided me with a solid ground for further education.

Aerospace engineering involves studying standard mathematics and physics to apply this knowledge into the design and analysis of aerospace systems. Most of the content within my first year was familiar from four years of prior engineering study at the UTC, and skills like CAD (Computer Aided Design) placed me ahead of my peers in terms of knowledge.

Work experience is crucial in the competitive engineering field and whilst at the UTC I completed four placements, which gave my recent summer employer the confidence in my ability to assign me to the metallurgy lab. This experience will be extremely valuable over the coming months as I begin to search for a placement to facilitate my year in industry, a requirement of my degree.

In future I would like to either join the RAF as an engineering officer, or pursue a career in aerospace auditing. I fully intend on completing a masters degree and aspire to continue my study to doctorate level one day at Cranfield University.”