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University of Southampton MalaysiaUndergraduate

Farhan Naufal MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics

Internship at GMF AeroAsia

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This internship experience gave me an important understanding of how a jet engine works in real life. I was able to apply the knowledge I learnt in my lectures and put them into practice.

What degree are you studying?

I am currently studying MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics and I am in Year 2.

Why did you choose to do an internship?

I felt it would be very useful for me and my future to gain some valuable experience in an Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) company as I am passionate to become a licensed aircraft engineer.

Which company did you choose?

I chose GMF AeroAsia, the subsidiary company of Garuda Indonesia Group. It is located at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia.

What did the work involve?

As a powerplant engineering intern, I was developing software which measures Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofan engine performance and its efficiency such as Thrust Specific Fuel Consumption (TSFC) and Specific Thrust, based on the input data taken from a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) during cruising - steady level flight. The case subject of my project was the Airbus A330-200/300, which is part of the Garuda Indonesia fleet and is widely used for either medium or long haul flights. The software was being developed using Python Programming Language.

What did you learn from your internship?

This internship experience gave me an important understanding of how a jet engine works in real life. It also taught me to utilise my working time wisely and efficiently. Another important thing I learnt was hands-on work experience with a real physical engine which I couldn’t find anywhere else easily.

What were the most useful skills you gained?

I enhanced my understanding of an aircraft propulsion system. Although my propulsion module started the following academic year, this internship pushed me to dig more from all sources available online and at the same time, use the knowledge I acquired from my first year Thermofluids module. It also allowed me to explore further with the Python Programming Language application which had been taught in my first year Design and Computing module. In a nutshell, it allowed me to think out of the box and be an independent learner.

How did it benefit your degree studies?

It was very beneficial in order to support my studies, specifically in my second year Propulsion module. It unlocked fundamental knowledge and verified all the things that I learnt in my lectures and then put into practice independently during my internship.

Did it change your ideas about what you would do in the future?

Yes, it gave me a chance to experience what it is like to be an aircraft engineer.

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