Lucy Ackland

At 13 years old it was suggested to me by my DT teacher that I go on a smallpeice engineering experience weekend. I had the most amazing experience and from that point on I knew I wanted to be an engineer. I realised that I wanted to get into it as soon as possible so on the run up to my gcse's I decided to start looking at local college courses. We stumbled across an advert for apprenticeships at Renishaw, I applied and was offers a position. 

I started at Renishaw in 2004 when I was just 16. I did one year of offsite training where I completed a number of NVQ's and started a national certificate in mech & manuf eng. On the second year I returned to Renishaw and worked in the machine shop. I moved on to study for a foundation degree in mechatronic engineering and completed that 3 years later. I moved into a placement in the machine tool products division where I worked on the development and testing of radio transmission measurement probes for use on CNC machine tools. I then moved into a project coordination role and started running a number of projects worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

I then started studying towards a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and graduated with a first class honors degree in 2012. I created and ran a team of process development engineers where we were responsible for the design, development and manufacture of test rigs.

In April 2014 I was offered a secondment to the additive manufacturing products division. This year I have project managed the design, development and manufacture of a brand new 3d printing machine that prints in metal. 

Outreach Work
On top if the work and education I have spent a large amount of time encouraging young people into engineering by; being a STEM ambassador, running technology teardowns, setting and running activities with local schools, giving talks, running seminars, helping with after school engineering clubs, judging and moderating STEM club projects and volunteering with Young Engineers. This year I was invited to join the board of trustees of the Young Engineers.

I am delighted to have won the WES Prize in 2014 and really looking forward to working with WES over the coming year.

Photograph courtesy of IET.