Julia Chan

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with International Year, 2017
Production Program Manager, Safran Landing Systems


I look after the production and planning of landing gears that are supplied to Airbus and Boeing. My job is to make sure that we deliver on time, on cost and on quality to our customers.

This includes managing parts being on-site for assembly, working with Supply Chain and new technology that becomes incorporated on the gears. I also support on any industrialisation projects within our machine shops for new parts to be made in-house as well as any projects to improve existing systems within the company.

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

Since leaving University of Birmingham I briefly worked in Sales and decided it wasn't for me. Then I took some time to travel South-East Asia before starting the Graduate Scheme at Safran UK. I have done placements at two different companies making different aircraft parts, including a placement in Toronto, Canada. I am currently coming to the end of my Graduate Scheme and will be joining Safran as a Production Program Manager.

Julia Chan

Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?

The University of Birmingham was my first choice because it was high-ranking for Chemical Engineering but after visiting the site, I loved it. The campus is absolutely beautiful, societies for everyone and an amazing night-life just 10 minutes away in the city. UoB has a huge student population and you get to meet so many new people, both as friends and mentors. Not to mention the Uni is a leader in R&D which appealed to me as an engineer.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

My fondest memory of university was fresher's week, the very first week of the first year. I was so nervous and excited but UoB ha it planned out perfectly for you to fully experience the University, meet people you live with as well as people on your course, take part in fun activities and go to fairs for anything you might interested in! 

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What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?

My advice would be to take advantage of every opportunity that Chemical Engineering offers. UoB is a leader in Chem Eng and has a lot of technology and research as well as labs and a huge library of resources – there's so many things in the building that I never had a chance to see. Finally, don't worry too much if you haven't made all you decisions yet. I started university wanting to work in Oil & Gas and now I work in Aerospace; I never would have guessed it but I enjoy it so much.

Top tip from Julia

“My year abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia was also an experience of a lifetime. I got the chance to live and study in another country, and learn about the different aspects of education and STEM in different countries, I would recommend this to anyone!”