Ben Nichol – Mechanical Design Engineer
I joined Martin-Baker in August 2005 as a Machine Shop Apprentice. I spent 4 years learning CNC and Manual Machining. On completing my apprenticeship, I worked for a year as a CNC Machinist. I was given the opportunity to study on a day-release basis and gained an HNC and then a BEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Buckinghamshire New University.
I successfully applied to become a Manufacturing Engineer and then a Mechanical Design Engineer, working on helicopter crashworthy seats. Martin-Baker has helped me develop my career by sponsoring my education and providing full support with my studies. The company has provided excellent opportunities for training and career progression.
James Pearse – IPT Lead
I joined Martin-Baker as an industrial placement student on a one year contract, working within the Design Support department, following which Martin-Baker supported me through my final two years of my MEng in Mechanical Engineering. On completion of my degree I returned on a full time basis to Design Support.
My time in Design Support provided a very diverse range of opportunities and experiences through Design Support’s focus on design evaluation and liaison with designers to optimise product reliability, safety and maintainability. With this product understanding, I was able to evaluate customers’ support requirements with respect to ground support equipment, spares and personnel training in maintenance.
These experiences within development and testing programmes and close interaction with a wide range of international customers very much supported my move into a Programme Management role with the company. In this role, again I have been fortunate to have continued working with a wide range of customers and suppliers from all over the world, all of whom with varying requirements. Martin-Baker’s products and broad international customer base has provided me with an almost unique opportunity to experience technical, programmatic and commercial requirements and challenges.
Nigel Leslie – High Speed Machining Cell Supervisor
I started at Martin-Baker in 2008 and I am employed as a Supervisor on the High Speed Machining Cell. The Cell consists of four milling machining centres and two turning centres that produce complex aluminium components. The Cell is manned by 16 operatives in total, who work in a continental shift pattern.
The role I undertake is challenging yet extremely enjoyable. I not only ensure production schedules are met, but also, including amongst other things, liaise with other departments to ensure that quality issues are dealt with, OEE targets are met and Continuous Improvement Projects are undertaken.
Since starting at Martin-Baker, I have been able to develop my skill sets with the fantastic training opportunities that have been made available to me. We now have a meaningful ‘5S’ regime in place and a ‘safe system of working’ in the Cell, which was a result of Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures that have been produced in the advent of various training courses.