Physics: Annabel's Engineering Experience

Upper Sixth Physics 11

Annabel photographed in a Bede's Physic lesson, Summer 2013.

Bede's Student Hero Annabel Martirossian, who is now in the Upper Sixth and is Head of Bloomsbury House, recently took part in some work experience at Tesla engineering. Rather than making teas and coffees however, she took part in building components for the LHC at CERN, amongst other things…

Before the summer holiday I emailed my CV and work experience cover letter to a selection of Engineering Companies in Sussex. At the beginning of the holiday I was lucky enough to receive an email from the Human Resources Manager at Tesla Engineering Ltd based in Storrington. I was both excited and extremely nervous, I had no idea what I would be doing or what the people I'd be working with would be like.

My first challenge was to find a pair of safety boots. I asked for the women's section in Wickes but there was none. The smallest size to be found was a men's 8!

Being my usual self, I arrived early and eager to start on whatever project they were going to give me. I was expecting to be the run-around and thought I'd be collecting tea and coffee for everyone. To my surprise and, to be honest, delight, I was thrown in at the deep end!

The team were so friendly, and as a result I felt welcomed as though I were part of the work-force itself. I worked on a variety of different projects with the engineers on the production line including all of the processes to fully construct coil magnets used in radiotherapy units, MRI scanners and particle accelerators.

I was also able to help with the testing and production of electromagnets used at CERN and PSI!

During the second week I went from overalls to business suit, working in the Design Engineering Office. I was trained in the use of SolidWorks, a CAD Program used to produce quality 3D models and simulated components. I was able to use the skills I had learnt to produce a design which was then taken forward for production to aid with the manufacture of components for CERN.

Having the opportunity to do some work to contribute to something as important as the LHC, which I had actually visited with my Physics class, was very exciting. I was treated as a true Design Engineer and also had the opportunity to work on processes such as welding which I have learnt about in Design Technology.

In addition, I was introduced to new methods of thinking, analysing and constructing which I will be using as I go forward.

My goal has been to become a Design Engineer and, having been given this amazing experience, I'm even more determined.  I can fully recommend any student taking the time to research and contact companies to gain experience in their chosen field. It's really worth it!

Annabel Martirossian

Head of Bloomsbury House