Todd Downs, male manufacturing engineering apprentice with supercars

TODD DOWNS

Sports Car Specialist. Automotive engineer at Aston Martin.

Male manufacturing engineering apprentice with blue Aston Martin
Aston Martin car wheel
Interior of Aston Martin car
Aston Martin in testing facility

At age 10, I switched on the TV and started watching Top Gear. I thought supercars were super cool, read up more about them and became a bit of a car geek. Now, I look after the body panels on Aston Martins, and makes sure they’re top quality, including on my dream car, the DBS Superleggera.

 

Nobody else in my family was interested in cars, so they didn’t understand why I liked them so much. For me, it was just a hobby, and I didn’t think it could become a job, so I focused on drama, art and music at school. Then I met someone from Aston Martin at a careers fair, and they invited me in for work experience. I loved it straight away. I spoke to graduates and apprentices in the business and that helped me decide what I wanted to do.

 

At the age of 16, I joined the apprentice scheme at Aston Martin and got to work in every area of production. I finished my apprenticeship with a BTEC Level Three in Manufacturing Engineering and an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering. One of the things I really liked about the engineering apprenticeship was the amount of responsibility I was given, which gave me opportunities to hold meetings with directors, take on new challenges such as leading large teams, and sometimes even drive the cars…!

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