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Salford graduate Georgi is flying high in his new role at Lufthansa Technik

Feb 14, 2017

Salford graduate Georgi Manolov
Salford graduate Georgi Manolov

In 2015, Salford graduate Georgi Manolov completed an internship with Lufthansa Technik in Bulgaria as part of his degree in Aviation Technology here at Salford. Georgi recently returned to the company to take up a full time permanent position, marking the fulfilment of a childhood dream. “My love of aviation started when I was six years old when my father took me to the airport to board a pleasure flight,” says Georgi. 

Whilst on placement, Georgi worked in the engineering department as an on-site planner. He has nothing but praise for the company, and its progressive work culture. “During my placement I was invited to a team building event, during which I socialised with the other employees. My colleagues were very friendly, and keen to show me new things.”

Georgi is particularly grateful for the assistance provided by Ali Kadir, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, and International, European Placement and Exchange Director. Georgi said: “He told me about the opportunity to join the team of Lufthansa Technik Sofia, which provided me with the unique opportunity to gain experience in both local and central planning - he presented me very well to the company.”

The School of Computing, Science & Engineering regularly scores high numbers of internships: last year, 30 students from the Aero-Mech programme undertook placements in Europe and the UK. Connections with international companies are vital, believes Mr Kadir, as they help consolidate the University’s reputation as a centre for excellence. “It’s been important in the area of project work because students return from placement to do their final year project, related to the work they carried out in the internship.”

Mr Kadir believes Georgi’s achievement is significant because he graduated from Salford with first class honours, and is still only twenty one. “I was certain he would be offered a job with Lufthansa, because he has always been a hard-working and enthusiastic student. I am sure he will be representing the company in many of the branches they have in Europe in a few years’ time.”

Georgi's story is a shining example of how working with industry, and our ICZ strategy in general, can have a life-changing effect of the careers of our students.