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Hugh Reid

"Look out for scholarship opportunities – extra money is always useful and sometimes it really is for free."


Five minutes with... Jaguar Land Rover engineer, Hugh Reid

Hugh, 24, from Chepstow, is an Electrical Quality Engineer. He has a BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering degree, and has worked for Jaguar Land Rover since graduating in 2011.

What does your job involve?

I analyse warranty data for electrical systems, and fix issues in teams with automotive component suppliers.

How did you find the job?

It was advertised online as the JLR graduate scheme. I passed online tests and a half day assessment centre with a variety of tasks.

What do you enjoy most about it?

Getting the team to a root cause of an issue – from what seems like an impossible starting point.

How has Harper Adams helped shape your career?

I left university with real product development work experience at one of the major tractor manufacturers. It was more than just an engineering degree - I also had experience of engineering working in teams.

What other jobs have you had?

I worked as a harvest student on a mixed farm every summer for years, and worked in a fabrication workshop after completing my placement year – it’s all good practical experience.

Why did you choose to study at Harper Adams? 

My interest in farming, and the practical approach to engineering at Harper – I didn’t bother applying to anywhere else. The course linked agriculture and engineering together the whole time, and gave me the freedom to do the final year project I wanted to do.

Were you treated like a professional engineer from day one?

Yes – If a test needed doing the students were just allowed to get on with it.

Tell us a little about the projects you worked on.

For my major project I designed and built a machine for a company near home – I managed the whole project from initial ideas through to production.

Was the extra maths tuition that is available useful to you?

Yes – especially at revision time. Structured Maths revision classes were incredibly useful.

What is the teaching in general like?

Friendly and helpful – remember if you don’t ask you won’t get.

What did you do on placement?

I was a field test engineer with Case New Holland. It involved everything from driving tractors to gathering and analysing data, or explaining to software engineers how a function should work, and what farmers would do with their machines. It was good to put theoretical engineering back into the real world, and see how engineering is done in a big company.

Why would you recommend studying at Harper Adams? 

It has much better links with agricultural engineering companies that anyone else

Got any good advice to pass on?

Do A-level maths, or do extra maths at university. Look out for scholarship opportunities at all times – extra money is always useful and sometimes it really is for free.

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