Springboard to success: CSE's partnership with Lufthansa Technik is stronger than ever
Aug 14, 2017
The School of Computing, Science and Engineering has a long-standing relationship with Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s leading providers of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. With over 20 facilities in Europe and internationally, Lufthansa has supplied internships to many Salford students over the years: later this month, five more undergraduates will be flying to Malta to work for the company.
Two graduates that have benefited from the partnership are Wilson Kaliyati and Meghna Lal. They both graduated in 2016 with degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and recently completed Lufthansa Technik Malta's (LTM) graduate recruitment scheme. Although the LTM apprenticeship scheme is unpaid, Wilson and Meghna both received Erasmus funding. “The most valuable part of this whole experience has been learning the actual ins and outs of aircraft maintenance, plus getting hands-on experience with each and every part of different aircraft," said Wilson. "I gained invaluable skills like how to use specific tools for specialised repairs and calibration.”
Meghna acknowledges how working in another country can help develop another important work skill - communication. “I learned to be more open with strangers and to ask for help, or just to ask something to increase my engineering knowledge. By doing this I made incredible friends as well.”
Both have high praise for lecturer Ali Kadir, who helped them secure their places on the scheme. Wilson said: “It was reassuring that someone was still looking after us and was there to help. He also worked tirelessly putting us in touch with other students, as well as giving us information prior to the placement. This helped us find accommodation and allowed us to settle in very quickly.”
Since returning to England, Meghna has secured full time employment – with Jaguar Landrover - whilst Wilson is currently attending interviews. What would they say to those students who are still unsure about the benefits of undertaking a placement? Meghna said: “Just do it, it’s for your future and career. It will not be easy all the time but that's life - if you want to learn, take the placement.”
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You can read about Georgi, another CSE graduate who now works at Lufthansa Technik, here.