Charlotte said: “When I started my career in engineering I didn’t want to settle, I wanted to make a true difference in the industry and to be recognised for my hard work and determination feels fantastic. To be considered amongst some of the other amazing female engineers is an honour and I’m really pleased!”
It was Charlotte’s father who originally inspired her to pursue a career in engineering, following a day at the company’s annual ‘Bring your Daughters and Sons to Work Day’. Reflecting on the experience, Charlotte commented: “I was just 14 at the time, and hadn’t really been exposed to the world of engineering, but after a day of challenging hands-on work and problem solving I knew I wanted to have a career in the field.”
On completion of her apprenticeship Charlotte was employed as a Test Techinician. She was given the opportunity to work on a number exciting projects, including the development of world-leading head-mounted displays for both the Harrier Jump Jet and Eurofighter Typhoon — currently in service with the RAF.
“I was just 14 at the time, and hadn’t really been exposed to the world of engineering, but after a day of challenging hands-on work and problem solving I knew I wanted to have a career in the field.”
Charlotte Tingley, Quality Engineer
Charlotte now plays an integral role as a Quality Engineer on the F-35 Joint Striker Programme, for which the facility provides the aircraft’s active flight controls.”My day-to-day involves anything from liaising with customers, to auditing suppliers and sitting on the board for design review changes. This has kept my appetite for engineering alive and one of the many reasons I can honestly say I love my job!”
While Charlotte is continuously looking for opportunities to increase her knowledge of the vast amount of technology manufactured at the site, she also enjoys acting as an apprentice mentor. “BAE Systems does a great deal of work to encourage females into engineering but there is always room for improvement. I think it’s important for us to see more collaborations within our local community through fun and engaging workshops.
“Moving forward I want to enhance my career through Operations and gain experience within the business to hopefully become a female leader people can one day aspire to.”