Eilish Millar, Apprentice Engineer, Altec Engineering

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What is your job like?

I mostly use the milling machines to make jigs and fixtures. We’re building up the machines before they get sent out.

 

What do you like about manufacturing?

You’re doing different things every day. It never gets boring.

Eventually, I want to move to the design office where you create the designs and drawings for the machines we build. First, though, I want to serve my time on the shop floor so I have that experience.

 

How did you get into manufacturing?

At school there was engineering course option. I liked the idea of hands on work, and I took to it well.

At college, Altec came to recruit apprentices. We took some tests and two of us were chosen for a work experience week. I was then chosen out of the two of us. Now I’ve been working here a year.

 

What challenges have you overcome in your career?

Probably the main one I’ve noticed is that I’m short! I couldn’t reach some of the machines, so Altec sorted it out by giving me safe ways to climb up.

 

What advice would you have for women thinking of a career in manufacturing?

Go for it! There’s nothing that’s going to stop you from doing anything, except yourself. Yes, there are fewer female apprentices, but it’s not a challenge.

To get into the industry you need your maths and afull year’s course of manufacturing benchwork (hand tools).

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