Steven James Martin
Mastered: Aerospace Engineering
As a child Steve dismantled many of his toys just so that he could see how they worked – much to his parents’ dismay!
He also broke his dad’s greenhouse and blew up a tinned treacle pudding, coating the kitchen ceiling in the molten lava like substance which he then had to chisel off!
It’s not surprising then that these early adventures and his curious nature saw Steve become an engineer in the aerospace industry.
We hasten to add that we have been assured his following aerospace career does not in any way, shape or form, reflect his earlier exploits.
And his impressive CV is testament to this. Working his way up and learning his profession from 16 years old as an engineering apprentice at Tesa Metrology gaining ONC and HNC qualifications and then onwards and upwards to a career spanning 30 years in the industry and 20 years working for UTC Aerospace Systems, Wolverhampton.
He reveals he has had the privilege to have worked on designing for high profile defence programs and led large engineering teams on defence and civil programs as a Lead Engineer. Steve has had the opportunity to work with engineers from around the world from far flung places such as Los Angeles, Amarillo, Canada and Russia to name but a few.
He is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and registered as an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council.
Seeing the next generation of apprentices of whom he recently helped to interview at UTC Aerospace Systems, is an enjoyable element of his later career.
“I know what the new apprentices are going through as I’ve been there – although it was some years ago! Seeing the new talent which will help to shape the way aerospace travel progresses is a real buzz. I am privileged to be employed in a position that allows me to work on some very interesting and often cutting edge projects. It has been hard work to get where I am and I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunities I have.
Experiencing an aircraft take off for the first time provides a great sense of pride and fulfilment when you have contributed to the success. It demonstrates what can be achieved through innovation and teamwork.
I work with many people, who are masters of what they do, I just happened to get nominated.”
Image by Laura Dicken