Plane-speaking Muhammad talks about his future

Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman is studying for an Aerospace Engineering HNC at Nelson and Colne College.

Muhammad, 20, from Nelson, has his sights set on a career in the industry – which he hopes one day will take him overseas.

He said: “I want a career in aerospace engineering. I have always liked aeroplanes – and it’s a well-paid industry. It’s a good industry to get into and it’s getting more popular, especially in this area, as there are a lot of aerospace jobs to pursue. In the future I want to go abroad and work with Emirates as a mechanical or manufacturing engineer.”

Muhammad, who started the one-year Lancashire and Cumbria Institute of Technology course in September, has been learning the building blocks of the subject.

After his HNC, he plans to continue his studies at the college, progressing to a HND.

He said the key skills required for engineering are mathematics, physics, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) – something he hadn’t done until starting the course. Now, he and his fellow students are designing 2D and 3D models.

He added: “I came here first to do a Level 3 engineering course. I chose this route instead of university because it’s close to home, and the course interested me. This course has highlighted the employment opportunities available to me when I finish, and I am doing what I enjoy.”