Oliver Zaccaria

1st Year Engineering Graduate

Oliver Zaccaria

Why did you choose to join Leonardo?

I decided to join Leonardo’s Helicopter Division because of its world-class reputation for the design and manufacture of helicopters. In comparison to other engineering companies, Leonardo offers an exclusive two-year Graduate Development Programme and provides the opportunity to experience placements in a wide range of technical areas of helicopter design and development.


What is your current position at Leonardo?

Currently, I’m undertaking a six-month placement in the Chief Project Engineering Office for all Lynx & Wildcat (AW159) aircraft. Recently, I have found myself working closely with the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) team which is closely affiliated with my primary department. The scope of my recent work has included writing engineering proposals for future project engineering tasks and closely working with the UK MoD and contributing towards finding solutions to technical challenges.


Tell us about your typical week?

I find that every week is not only dynamic but also excitingly unpredictable working on the Lynx & Wildcat Projects! I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and interact with our customers onsite whilst working with the WIST team. I have also been lucky enough to be physically working in and around AW159s doing independent development work and reporting my findings.


What do you like most about your job?

I’ve always believed that one of the most fundamental elements of a job is the people you work with. In the first year of my career at Leonardo, I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many great individuals who have been an inspiration in helping me learn and develop my skills. I know that I will meet many more great individuals in Yeovil and hopefully in other business locations internationally on my journey.


What has been your best moment/biggest achievement so far?

My best moment so far has been representing the company at the Bath & West Show in Shepton Mallet earlier this year. This was a great opportunity to engage with young people during engineering activities and get to know other like-minded trainees.


My biggest achievements so far is the great satisfaction with the progress I have made overall in my first year and the knowledge I have acquired including the professional relationships I have made along the way.


What do you hope to do next?

From a young age, I’ve always been fascinated by the mechanical aspects of aircrafts and had the desire to work in this area. I am keen to pursue this ambition and continue working on the AW159. I’d like to learn more about this aircraft in a mechanical engineering discipline at the end of my Graduate Development Programme.