Engineer Assist Sophie Coke, 23, was fixing engines before she could talk, helping out at her dad’s garage.
Her passion for all things mechanical led her to a degree in motorcycle engineering at Derby University, before she joined the team at the EMC nearly two years ago.
She said: “My mum was really excited when she heard that Jaguar Land Rover had decided to build a new manufacturing site and encouraged me to apply. I saw it as an opportunity to start at the bottom and work my way up. I worked on the assembly line for about eight months, before moving into the Customer Focus Centre, to work on strip-down and engine investigations. I absolutely loved it, but it wasn’t very challenging, as I’ve be doing this sort of thing for years. That’s why I decided to look at the Engineer Assist programme.”
Engineer Assist is a fast track programme, which supports associates with a passion for engineering and manufacturing, to increase their knowledge and expertise, as well as study for a degree. Sophie had a head start, but is really enjoying the opportunities that the programme has given her to work on different projects.
“I was one of only two people who successfully applied for the Engineer Assist programme at the EMC. I’ve moved into the Manage the Change team, working specifically for the ops team in the petrol assembly hall. The aim is that I work with our central colleagues on engineering changes to ensure that they are implemented smoothly, eliminating the risk of downtime. I’m relatively new to the team, but I’m already finding it a great learning experience. I haven’t broken anything yet!
“I’m fortunate that I get paid for doing something I really love. I’d definitely encourage other young women to follow a career in engineering. It’s a great career choice, as there are so many different opportunities.”
“I love anything mechanical, I own three motorbikes, one that I ride the others I’m in the process of refurbishing. It’s a real passion.”