Name: Luke Dee
Course studied: Beng Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
I decided to study at Swansea for a variety of reasons. The main reason was its outstanding reputation within the engineering sector. It was great opportunity to be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. Secondly, I was impressed with the facilities on offer be it academic facilities or social facilities. Finally, the location was just right, further enough away from family but equally not to far just in case I needed my weekly washing done for me!
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
I enjoyed many parts of the course, from computer aided design to experimental studies to my final year dissertation but for me I enjoyed being able to work with young talented engineers be it listening and learning to someone else’s ideas or inputting my own views into the group. This aspect of the course really helped me to understand how others think and taught me how to look at each challenge from every view.
What are you doing now career-wise? Include Job Title/ Name of Organisation/ Role & responsibilities
I work for Bloodhound SSC which is a 1000 mph car attempting to break the current land speed record. I’m the Components and Assembly Management Engineer. This includes driving the companies Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and their Leica Laser Tracker. This allows us to ensure each part is correctly manufactured and that the car is built to the smallest possible error. I also provide the interface between Engineering and Assembly to ensure component supply to the shop floor meets Time, Cost & Quality, to minimise non-conformances and reduce concessions.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
It’s been instrumental to where I am today. Without working hard at the Uni I would of never of been given this opportunity. So I am very grateful.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is to not make avoidable mistakes which in turn pushes the cars deadline back a few days. Which means I must have strict control over task management so no details are missed.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the car being pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle with each day the car developing from singular components to one immense machine. Also I take satisfaction knowing I’m helping the team to build this car to the smallest possible error.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Was when I was 18 and wanted to move away to work for a race team, my parents pushed and pushed me to stay in school and attend university. From there I quickly understood I was interested in all aspects of engineering and never looked back since.
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
To work hard to achieve your dreams, even if you’re feeling down, pick yourself up and push. You will be rewarded.
What are your plans for the future?
Short term plans are to help the Bloodhound SSC team achieve 1000 mph. Long term plans are to become a Additive Manufacturing or Metrology expert within a global company.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Graduating University is my biggest achievement as I never knew I had it in me.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
My favourite memories will always be the people who helped me along my journey during the degree, sharing that with my mates was priceless. Also I will never forgot the late late late nights in the engineering computer rooms.
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Driven to succeed.