Shankar Parmar, Mechanical Engineering alumni

Shankar Parmar

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career?

I started out on a 2 year Graduate Specialist Programme with Bosch UK with 4 rotations namely Technical Sales, Project Management, ADAS (Advance Driver Assistance Systems) Application Engineering & Powertrain Calibration Engineering which has allowed me to both travel & work internationally as well as working with many large global automotive OEM’s. I am now a permanent Sales Engineer for Bosch UK as a key representative for the following customers which are Bentley, Honda & Triumph Motorcycles for both Powertrain/Chassis Control supplied solutions.

70% of our company portfolio is based on Automotive Solutions making us the largest global automotive supplier, not just consumer goods which we are well known for globally! My role entails management of a variety of technical & commercial activities ranging from Project Acquisition, Engineering Change Management, Supporting Product Development from Conception all the way to Series/Post Production.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

International exposure as the University of Leeds hosts many different nationalities which allows for all students to have an understanding of a variety of cultures inside & outside of studies which is a major benefit especially within a large international organisation.

Also there’s a great Students’ Union where the social life was second to none which really benefits in terms of building rapport, connections & social skills which can be directly brought into practice internally with work colleagues as well as our customers internationally.

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I have always been very fond of both Automobiles & Engineering since I was a young child. It all began through enrolling onto a diploma in Engineering alongside my GCSEs which led me to study Mechanical Engineering as degree. I specifically chose Leeds University as it academically holds a very strong global reputation as well as being one of the key players within the Russell Group University tables for Mechanical Engineering across the UK.

Additionally the School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University hosts very strong industrial links & connections which is a key factor for all students to consider.

What was the best aspect of your course?

The best aspect of the course was having the access to such a wide resource of research tools both within laboratories/workshops and with the academic staff which allowed for pioneering engineering research to take place as part of our 3rd & 4th year academic projects which lead to many social, academic and industrial connections. 

What was the best aspect of the year in industry?

I spent my year in industry working for Faurecia Interior Systems, the 4th largest automotive supplier globally. Working within a JIT (Just-In-Time) production plant with a large array of multiple departments and people in such a fast-paced environment. Prior to this teamwork & planning in daily practice was never fully understood & appreciated!

Do you have any advice for students considering taking a year in industry?

Do not hesitate, just go for it! From personal experience, it’s the best decision a student could take as they can engage to have a real life insight into what goes on within the Engineering industry, allowing career choices to be far more defined.

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

Have a plan in mind with a good balance of academic and social goals, but when it comes to career choices that align with your passion whether it’s to do with a placement year, summer internship or graduate programme reach out & apply! Do not ever underestimate what you can achieve and always seek for advice from your peers or the Faculty Employability Team!