Ross Dickson

Technical Apprentice

Ross Dickson

When did you join Leonardo?

I joined the company in September 2013. I was drawn to Leonardo because I knew that it would give me the chance to develop state-of-the-art equipment.


What are your main tasks in your job role?

The main tasks in my job role depend on which placement I am in. In my environmental engineering placement, I carried out a variety of tests such as climatic and vibration on company products to ensure they were suitable for harsh environments. Other placements I have worked in, including mechanical engineering, have required me to use computer aided drawing (CAD) to design parts which will then go on to be manufactured.


Tell us about your typical day

My typical day consists of working with engineers of all levels, shadowing them and learning the different processes that take place within the business. I can assist engineers in their tasks until I feel competent enough to take on the task myself without supervision.


Are you involved in related activities outside your specific job role?

I have the opportunity to get involved with many activities including taking part in recruitment events on and off site. I also have taken part in school visits and events such as the Edinburgh Science Festival at which we have run the Rampaging Chariots activity.


What do you enjoy about working at Leonardo?

As a Leonardo employee, I enjoy being able to work with a range of the company’s cutting-edge technologies, inputting my knowledge, and learning about how the finished product will be used in the field. Working here allows me to test my skills as an engineering apprentice and gain valuable knowledge in my field. My colleagues have all been very friendly and willing to help me if I have any questions or need any help.