A Rolls-Royce engine is like a gigantic 3D jigsaw puzzle that never stands still. Not just because it has thousands of complex pieces that move at high speeds – but also because each of those individual parts is always being developed and improved.
Making sure everything fits together perfectly is one of the biggest challenges imaginable. It takes engineers with many different specialisms working together. They apply their problem-solving skills at every stage of the engine’s life – from design and testing, to manufacture and long-term maintenance.
The engineering of a Trent engine
“I chose engineering because I loved Design Technology at school. It’s great seeing an idea come to life and become a finished product. Obviously there are many people who contribute to something as complex as an engine, but the sense of satisfaction is the same when you know you’ve helped to improve it.”
“If you’re interested in engineering, you’ll need to study maths and science subjects at school. But don’t ignore subjects that can help to develop your communication skills or your creativity, because these are equally important. I work with lots of people who aren’t engineers and who have different priorities, so it’s essential that I can convey messages clearly in simple, non-technical terms.”