After a week full of activities such as field trips, professional development sessions and a lot of time spent in the car, all the graduates’ engineers have found their respective department. The first four weeks have been amazing but also very intense with a main focus on getting to know the group and to increase its chemistry essentially through many great activities in parallel with creating a general understanding of the overall business here at GKN.
I intend to devote my first blog post to outline the international graduate program (GKN International Graduate Program) which I and Daniel Pelvén are participating in. It is actually the first time that GKN are recruiting candidates for the international program from Sweden since the acquisition of the location in Trollhättan. The duration of the international program stretches over a 5.5 year period unlike the local graduate program in Trollhättan which runs over 1 year. Our journey is also different given the holistic focus of the program as we are given the opportunity to perform in several different operational areas of GKN.
The program begins with a six-month assignment at my home site (Trollhättan) where you participate in one or several projects within a specific function. This is followed by two additional six-month periods in an English-speaking country which then ends with two longer 2-year periods, which can basically be spent anywhere the world (great opportunity).
I will conduct my first six months assignment at the department of Military Engines (ME) with a primarily focus on the RM12 engine which is powering the current JAS Gripen military aircraft. You will be able to read more about my journey and current project in future posts, but until then,
Have a safe flight!