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Meet Rum – a member of our production team

We met up with Rum, one of our production team members based in Merthyr Tydfil, who is also a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Reservist.

Rum joined General Dynamics UK in February 2017. He is also employed by the Army Reserves as a vehicle mechanic, part of 105 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

Prior to joining General Dynamics UK, Rum was an ex-soldier, part of the Infantry Battalion for the Royal Gurkha Rifles until 2009 and joined the Welsh Guards in London in 2010.

Currently, Rum is working on the uplift phase for the AJAX programme, as part of the assembly, integration and test (AIT) team at the site in Merthyr Tydfil. As an assembly operator, his day-to-day role involves working as a fitter to fit mechanical assemblies, cables and electronic systems, working towards delivering production standard vehicles to the Ministry of Defence.

“I enjoy the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, and the support the Company provides for Reservists.”

As part of his training, Rum has completed a one-day crane operator course which took place on site, training him on how to operate cranes to lift production materials. Later this year, Rum will be completing further training in Spain to be an operator working on the vehicle automotive components for the UK AIT phase.

General Dynamics UK is expanding the newly-formed manufacturing team at our site in Merthyr Tydfil to support the assembly of AJAX – the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles.

We’re increasing the size of our production workforce and are currently recruiting for a variety of roles ranging from operations that enable harness and electronic line-replaceable unit installation, to the heavy mechanical assembly typically found when building military vehicles. Click here to find out more and apply.