Last week we received the good news that our proposal of the graduate project got approved by HR. This was instantly celebrated with a super delicious apple pie from the lunch restaurant, which also gave us the positive energy we needed to start with the project right away. The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness of GKN Aerospace Sweden (GAS) as an employer among students and young people throughout Sweden but also strengthen the brand awareness of GAS.
This will be done in two different ways. The first one is focusing on the improvement of our participation at career fairs and upgrading the booth. Tasks such as concept development, order a new booth, refine our brochures and look into new giveaways will definitely be included.
The second part of our project is aimed at modernizing the visitor centre here on site, whereas the goal is to make it more compelling to the visitors and deliver a new concept for how it can look like. We have already a lot of creative thoughts and ideas around this topic, but it will be more fun to reveal them later when things are fallen into the place.
It’s been a busy week
in Trollhättan, both considering activities at our current department rotations
and activities with the trainees.
At my current department I work alongside one of our most senior manufacturing engineers in exciting projects where we are investigating concepts and business cases for future opportunities to introduce additive manufacturing. We also partake in the daily work with one of our existing high volume products, the intermediate compressor case for an engine called PW1100. It is a Pratt & Whitney engine which you can find on the Airbus A320 Neo. It’s a quite different tempo when working close to manufacturing compared to technology development, which is what I did last fall.
With the trainee group we’ve done a lot of preparations for next week, when it’s time for… *drum roll* … Graduate selection! It will be two packed days where we will get to meet our future colleagues. We’ve been waiting eagerly since January!
The last week it has been full focus on the tasks we have at our departments, especially for me and Elin. We have been busy carrying out internal audits for the Intermediate Compressor Case that we manufacture for Rolls Royce’s Trent XWB engine. An internal audit implies that you go through each operation step in detail and tries to find areas of improvement with the help of the operators’ inputs. As a result, we have spent most of the week out in the workshop and gained a deeper understanding for TIG, plasma and LASER welding, which was super cool and interesting!
As most people say, time flies when you are having fun, it is also about time to start planning for our next rotation and I will reveal mine in the coming weeks. Beside that we will soon begin with our graduate project, which we will tell you more about soon.
What a week! Something
you´ve probably noticed with so many blogposts during a short time-span.
Although we haven’t had the time to describe all activities so thought it could
be good with a little summary of the week.
This Monday we went to
Finspång, small city outside Linköping to visit Siemens and their graduates.
They visited us last autumn so this time it was out turn to learn more about
We got to see final
assembly of their gas turbines and also a so called “single lift”, which is a
fully assembled gas turbine with control room and much more. It is the heaviest
product Siemens have delivered for several years and weighed over 250 tons, so
was really exciting to witness! We also got insights regarding their push
within AM (additive manufacturing) which gave us a lot of inspiration to bring
Fun fact regarding the
manufacturing in Finspång is that a castle was included in the purchase of the
production plant in the 1800s, which means that the castle has followed all
companies that have taken over the production area since then. Siemens officially
took over 2003 and the castle is today their visitor center as you can see in
our magnificent photo below.
Big thanks for a
really interesting afternoon!
Ps. The cannons located around the castle are there for historical reasons, the land was first used for manufacturing cannons before gas turbines started to be produced.
On Tuesday it was time
for the LARM career fair, almost all graduates where there (Hampus was at
Futurum) and advertised GKN and the Global Graduate Program. It was especially for
us to partake when so many interested and curios students came by!
During Tuesday and Wednesday
it was also the last days at Futurum, I have already written a bit about that
last week but have been really rewarding days. Both through inspiring high
school students and the possibility to improve our presentation skills.
Lastly, we spent Thursday and Friday at “space days” at Universeum in Gothenburg, where we had our VR system and let the visitors try it out, which you can see in the picture below!
Looking ahead it seems
that the graduate activities will slow down a bit which will be quite nice.
Been some fun and rewarding weeks but will be good to be able to put 100%
effort on our rotations!
Are you also interested in the aviation and space industry? Are you up for exciting and challenging projects? Do you want to be a part of a team that makes things fly? Do you want to learn more about us? Drop by our booth and we´ll tell you more about us!
PS: Only 6 days left of the application period so don’t forget to apply to the GKN Aerospace Global Graduate Programme 2020. Click here to send in your application!
Time has really
flown by for the trainee-group lately. It feels like something we say quite
often, but now that we have come home from the trip across the pond (January
25th) it has been non-stop of various fun activities. First of all, we have
actually switched rotations, which is a bit wistful because you may not have
gotten get as far as you would have wanted with the project in 10 weeks, but it
is really fun to try something new! It will be really interesting for me to
gain experience within Finance/Business Development as I will work with M&A
(Mergers & Acquisitions).
In addition to
our new rotations we have clearly noticed that the recruitment process is at
full speed, as GKN is participating in four career fairs over the course of 1.5
weeks! CHARM (Gothenburg), Trainee Day (Gothenburg), Hotspot (Karlstad) and
LARM (Linköping). The trainees were at CHARM and will be participating on the
Trainee Day as well as LARM next week, so we hope to see you there!
Lastly, we have taken the opportunity to participate in events to spread the interest in technology and aviation/space to youths. Right now we are participating at Futurum here in Trollhättan, an event orchestrated by Innovatum with the purpose to inspire high school students to continue with their studies and to work in various exciting professions! The event is over 6 days and over 750 students from all over Fyrbodal (Fyrbodal is a fusion of the cities Trollhättan, Uddevalla, Vänersborg and Lysekil, as well as Bohuslän and Dalsland) visit during these days!
Been extremely fun to be able to talk a bit about my own journey and GKN as well as why the aviation industry and our own technology and products are exciting!
To give you a small taste of what our presentation was about, you can find a short clip below that we have put together. The video shows three companies that all develop so-called eVTOL, electric vertical takeoff and landing. That is, small electric aircraft that can lift and land vertically, so that they can easily be used in cities. This, if anything, is futuristic technology that is becoming a reality right now!
So it has been some hectic and fun weeks that will continue on keeping the same pace for at least another week, so you can expect a lot of updates from us going forward!
The time had come to leave the West Coast and to meet the rest of our Global Graduates in Charleston, South Carolina. It was great fun to get back together with our friends that we last met in September. Now it was time to start Training week 1 with workshops in self-awareness, personal image and communication skills. As expected, the workshops were both fun and useful, for example we got to work on our presentation skills using the ABCD framework (Google it!).
During the Wednesday we had a study visit at the GKN plant in Orangeburg, about an hour outside Charleston. There we got an introduction in the technologies they work with and the products they produce. This was the fourth facility we’ve visited as Global Graduates but the first on the Aerostructures side of the business, which is the largest product group. It was cool to see how lip skins (the front “edge” of the engine, very important for aerodynamic performance!) are formed, for example to be used in the newly developed GE9X engine. GE9X won the Guinness World Record for strongest commercial jet engine, showing the ability to produce nearly 600kN of thrust – enough to lift a weight of 61 tons! This engine will be used for the new Boeing 777x, which recently had its maiden flight.
In addition to this, we had a course in Zero Defects, which is an important tool being deployed throughout the aerospace industry right now. Zero Defects is a work standard aimed at the reduction of defects in products through prevention. In the aerospace industry, we have extremely high requirements of product quality – after all, nobody wants to put people’s lives at risk by using damaged or defective goods. Therefore, it is important that everyone in the industry works together to create safe products.
The next university career fair GKN is visiting is CHARM so make sure to go past our charming booth (bdm tss) on 4th and 5th of Feb.
At our booth you can test our VR experience where you will get to know the company and learn more about our products! Don’t forget to ask about the Graduate Program and what jobs/thesis options we offer. At the booth we will have our representatives Peter Emvin, Marcus Johansson, Sören Knuts, Maria Östman, Magnus Hallberg and 3 of the trainees.
We also want to remind all of you to apply for
the Graduate Program before Sunday the 16th of February!
After the first half of our activity week had been spent in Los Angeles it was time for us to move on to San Francisco. The entire Wednesday was needed to drive those 589 kilometers (365 miles) that seperate the two cities and wow, the sights that we saw! We took the opportunity to go on Highway 1 which is located along the shoreline of California and we got to see waterfalls, sea lions and the sunset over the sea. It was amazing! We can highly recommend that for other travellers.
While in the San Francisco area we took the opportunity to attend the Nordic Future Mobility Summit at Stanford University. This was an event that stretched over a couple of days and aimed to build a bridge between the Nordic countries and Silicon Valley regarding the future of logistics and creative solutions surrounding it. It was very interesting to be apart of and especially to be able to hear several people who have been in the industry a long time discuss where the future is heading within the fields of automation and innovation. From the two workshops that we attended, “The Future of Logistics” and “Internationalization: Research, Education and Innovation”, we got to hear from Luca Delgrossi (VP Automation vid Volvo Group) and Frode Langmoen (Technology Executive , ISV & Developer Relations IBM Nordic), amongst others.
Since Stanford University is close to Silicon Valley we took the opportunity to visit Google Plex and Apple HQ as well. It was exciting to see these places and how they have achieved to display their products in an innovative way. There were a lot of solutions that inspired us! Especially the campus display at Apple that is presented in the video below.
When the weekend arrived we went to downtown San Francisco to truly act like the tourists that we were. We visited the Golden Gate bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz. It was a really nice day and later became the day that ended our adventures on the West coast, because on Sunday it was time to fly out to the East coast for our first Development Week with the other Global Graduates!