Lucy Ackland

Applications Engineer, Renishaw plc

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Consider an apprenticeship. For me, it was the perfect way for me to enter the industry.

What do you do?

I help develop and implement measurement system applications for the manufacturing industry. I currently work mostly with Co-ordinate Measuring Machines and Renishaw’s associated measurement equipment and software. Many of our customers are in the Aerospace and Automotive industries so I get to work with parts of various sizes and shapes. Day to day I spend a lot of my time creating automated measurement programs that will get installed in our customers factories around the world to help them ensure the quality of the parts that they manufacture.

Why did you choose this field?

Renishaw is a large engineering firm local to where I grew up. I was always interested in how things were made and whilst at school, I attended an engineering experience weekend. This helped me make the decision that engineering was the career for me. After looking around at my options and with the support of the people close to me, I decided to apply for their apprenticeship and have never looked back.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Winning awards for what I do! Winning the WES Prize at the IET YWE in 2014 and then being announced as Top 50 women in engineering under 35 in 2017 was amazing! I never thought you could win awards for these kind of things and I had no idea that I may be commended in this way for my chosen career and the work that I do.

Why do you love working in STEM?

 I love problem solving and also working with others, and luckily I get to do both of these things every single day. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and work with so many different people and I love it!

Best advice for next generation?

Consider an apprenticeship. For me, it was the perfect way for me to enter the industry, allowing me to study and work at the same time in a supportive environment. It has given me a huge amount of experience for my age.
 

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

I was an extra in one of the scenes of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film when I was at school.

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