Denize Pilarta is a third year Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Engineering Technician Apprentice in BAE Systems’ Submarines business. As an NDE Inspector, she is part of a team responsible for testing all the various components of the submarines, to ensure structural integrity and personnel safety.
At school, Denize always gravitated towards science subjects and enjoyed the practical aspects of engineering. Living in Barrow, she’d always been aware of the work of BAE Systems as the town is the main location for the design, build and commission of complex submarines. After studying at Barrow Sixth Form College, she found the balance of practical and research-based work afforded by an apprenticeship especially appealing.
Alongside the apprenticeship programme, Denize has been involved in a number of different activities including supporting World Skills Live UK 2019, being part of the National Apprentice Council and chairing the local Apprentice Council for Submarines.
During her time as an apprentice she was awarded ‘MAKE UK’s Engineering Apprentice of the Year: Rising Star 2019 National Winner’ for her drive to continuously improve and has also recently been named as a finalist in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Woman Engineer awards, highlighting talented women in engineering.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Denize has spent time working remotely but since September has been able to return to the Barrow site.
Once her apprenticeship is complete, Denize hopes to gain further qualifications in automated ultrasonic inspection to progress into the role of a NDE Technician Inspector. She is looking forward to gaining more experience in the field, working with innovative technology and learning more complex techniques. She would recommend the apprenticeship programme due to the opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects and work alongside industry experts.