Skip to main content

International Women in Engineering Day – meet Imogen, graduate engineer

Name: Imogen

Role: Graduate engineer

Site: Castleham, Hastings


About your role…

I joined General Dynamics UK in September 2017 as a graduate systems engineer. As part of the graduate scheme, I’ve been able to rotate through different projects to decide what I like the most – I’ve found hardware design is the role for me.

What are you currently working on at General Dynamics UK?

I am currently working on internal research and development (IRAD) and customer research and development (CRAD) programmes in Hastings, which concentrate on the development of avionics technology. Working on circuit design and analysis in IRAD allows me to experience a variety of projects, whilst developing my knowledge and skills in different areas such as secure data storage or stores management.

How did you become interested in engineering?

I have a family background in engineering. My grandfather was in the Royal Air Force, and my father works in the aerospace and automotive industries, so it was inevitable that I should follow this route. At school, I loved science and learning how the world works, and as an engineer I am in a discipline that opens up opportunities and creates amazing technology to help us to further understand how things work.

“There will always be something new to learn or try. There will always be new problems to solve, and new ways to create and invent.”

What is your favourite thing about engineering?

My favourite thing is that I never get bored. There is always something new to learn or try. There will always be new problems to solve, and new ways to create and invent.

Your experience at General Dynamics UK…

There is a fantastic variety of people who work at General Dynamics UK, from all different backgrounds. The Company feels very open and all of the employees are very approachable with a real team player atmosphere. I can see myself working here for many years to come.

What is your advice to young girls who are interested in engineering?

Be yourself. Be confident in your own opinions and don’t let others bring you down. If you are interested in becoming an engineer, find yourself a role model or a mentor who can talk you through all the different opportunities. Try out everything you can, because you never know what you might be good at until you have tried it.