Klaudiusz Raszka

Klaudiusz Raszka

  • Job title: Metallurgical Engineer at Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions
  • What organisation does: The River Don site in Sheffield specialises in manufacture of forgings and seamless rings from steel, titanium, and nickel alloys. Mainly for the aerospace industry.
  • Main responsibilities: New parts introduction, creating manufacturing process plans, preparation of test plans and test failure investigation, technical support to forging and heat treatment and continuous improvement.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It is very dynamic, gives me a lot of responsibility and potential to gain experience in many areas of the business. I also work with smart and friendly people, which creates a great atmosphere in the office.

Why does this work appeal to you?

As a metallurgist with a metal forming background, I enjoy working in heavy industry. Forgings and rings we manufacture usually end up in aeroplane landing gear or jet engines – something one can be really proud of as an engineer.

Why did you choose Sheffield and what did the process of relocating entail?

I chose Sheffield as this is the City of Steel, and I considered it to be the best place in UK to get a job as a metallurgist. Relocation to Sheffield was rather straightforward. I think finding a flat was the most difficult part of it. After that, it was simply a new place and new people.

What did you enjoy most about your course at Sheffield?

Every subject was well prepared by the lecturer and very organised with very good examples of practical applications of the discussed subject. We also had presentations given by people from industry and lecturers from other universities.

How has your degree helped in preparing for a job in industry?

I learnt about materials used in aerospace and how they are manufactured, which now gives me more insight into problems I need to solve in my day-to-day work. I had time to learn about British culture, people, technical language, and improve my teamwork skills, as there was plenty of projects we had to complete working in groups.

Any challenges which you have had to overcome?

Language was difficult at the beginning as I needed to set my ear to the Yorkshire accent, however people in Sheffield are very friendly and understanding and this was a natural progress for me. I did not have too many unpredicted challenges as I had already spent some time abroad before coming to the UK. Meeting new people and learning about new places was natural.

What advice do you have to current students?

Try to make the most of your time at university. You never know what skill will be useful in the job you get.