Women in Engineering

Lucy, Mechanical engineer

Lucy Harden, Mechanical Engineer
Lucy originally wanted to work in theatre, however due to her love of Maths at school, she decided to try her hand at some work experience at BAE Systems.
Lucy, 24, from Headcorn, Kent, said: “Drama was really my passion at school, but after taking some work experience in that industry I decided it wasn’t for me.
“I was lucky enough to have really good Maths and Physics teachers at school who inspired me to pursue a career using these skills and suggested a placement at BAE Systems. I still do drama and dance in my spare time however.”
As a result of her school work experience placement, BAE Systems sponsored Lucy through her degree in Mechanical Engineering – with the company providing bursaries and paid summer placements throughout her studies.
Following her integrated masters, Lucy was offered a placement on BAE Systems’ graduate scheme, working in four different roles in the Electronic Systems business unit in 2014.
Her roles included working on cutting-edge products, including general mechanical design for the Striker® II helmet and providing day-to-day technical support on BAE Systems’ partnership with UK Sport.
During the graduate scheme, Lucy worked in mechanical analysis where she would test the application of concepts and experienced the corporate side of the business in a placement working on the technical aspects of new business proposals.
While on the scheme, Lucy was named ‘Technical Graduate of the Year’ at BAE Systems’ internal graduate awards on account of the design work she did with Striker II and LiteHUD® (Head-up Display).
On completion of her 24-month graduate scheme in September 2016, Lucy was recruited by the company as a Mechanical Engineer.
In addition to her day job, Lucy acts as an education ambassador and regularly coordinates and speaks at schools and colleges in the Rochester area about careers in STEM, helping to inspire the next generation of budding engineers.
She added: “I love showing kids – and especially girls – that a career in engineering is really fun. It’s a great feeling when you find out students have applied for work experience at BAE Systems off the back of your talk.”