Manufacturing Engineer | Ying Wan Loh

Ying is a manufacturing engineer at Rolls Royce and has been there for 5 years.

She was also the winner of the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award 2019

My advice would be do your research, talk to people and just explore as much as you can. Stay curious with an open mind because sometimes its not just black and white, doctors, lawyers and accountants. Sometimes there’s more possibility than that!

Ying wan loh

Sections of this video:

  • Educational Background- 00:10
  • Choosing to go to university- 01:24
  • Formula Student- 02:55
  • The decision to go into engineering- 03:44
  • Advice for students choosing their subjects- 04:15
  • Writing engineering personal statements -05:38
  • How did Ying discover engineering – 06:17
  • A Day in the life of a manufacturing engineer- 06:50
  • Ying’s favourite project to date – 08:34
  • Unexpected career surprises- 09:28
  • Graduate schemes – 10:23
  • Misconceptions about a career in manufacturing engineering- 11:58
  • Role models- 14:04
  • Childhood aspirations – 14:43
  • Being a woman in engineering- 15:22
  • Advice to your younger self – 16:15
  • Advice for those who are starting out- 16:57

So How Can I Get into Manufacturing engineering?

Useful A-Level subjects to study in order to get into Manufacturing Engineering:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Design and Technology

For GCSE students, it’s a good idea to have some of your options be subjects that allow you to study some of the useful subjects at A-Level (or equivalent/alternative).

How much would I earn as a Manufacturing Engineer?

This does depend on where you choose to work but manufacturing engineering salaries can start from £23,000 a year and from there the average salary for a manufacturing engineer is between £25,000 and £40,000 a year, with chartered engineers earning between £40,000 and £60,000 on average.*


Ying’s recommendations

Formula Student –

Attending careers fairs (This is actually where I met Ying!)

Visit Science Museums (For example the Science Museum in London) –

Ying explains how a jet engine works

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