UWTSD graduate secures dream job with Bentley Motors


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Motorsport Engineering graduate Tolgahan Yaman secured a dream job with Bentley Motors, just days after being awarded a First Class Honours degree.

Tolgahan Yaman with racing car

Tolgahan is now working as a transmission calibration technician, with the company that creates powerful, handcrafted luxury cars at its factory in Crewe. Three weeks after starting his new role, he returned to the University to graduate at a ceremony at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

He said: “Everyone at Bentley Motors is very friendly and courteous, allowing me to settle in straight away. There is a community feel.  My managers are extremely supportive allowing me to progress my development in stages. The cars are out of this world. I can definitely see why Bentley Motors received the Top Employers’ award for six consecutive years. My role involves managing the transmission fleet vehicles, data collection and validation from development vehicles, along with product enhancement concerning shift strategy and shift quality.”

“To have achieved a first class honours degree and having secured a career with Bentley Motors even before graduating is an amazing feeling. I feel so proud to be working for such a prestigious company, who are also keen for me to keep learning to allow my career to flourish. In the future, I plan to study for a Master’s degree, and then hopefully achieve chartered engineer status.”

Tolgahan said his time at UWTSD had undoubtedly helped secure the coveted position.

“I love sports cars, I love rallying. I’m always modifying something, tinkering with something, I never really sit down. Motorsport is not only my dream career it is also my passion. My degree gave me the practical and analytical skills that I needed to make it a success. It’s a perfect role for me!” he added.

UWTSD’s Tim Tudor, Motorsport Engineering MEng | BEng Programme Director said: “It's great to see another one of our graduates achieve his dream of working for a prestigious automotive manufacture so quickly after graduating. Tolgahan's blend of theoretical engineering knowledge and applied practical skills will stand him in good stead in his new position.”

Tolgahan said the degree course had helped to shape his confidence, build on specialist skills and more importantly, prepare him for his chosen career.

“An excellent part of the course was taking part in the six weeks work placement as work experience is what most employers are looking for; it is the first step to help determine what role you’ll go into when you graduate,” he added. “Year three was by far the hardest, as juggling multiple assignments simultaneously with a dissertation requires a lot of organisation and dedication.

“It’s important to take your head out of the game for a day making time for recovery and prep for the next week. A large part of my success is down to the lecturers pushing me to my limits and teaching in a way to make complex information easy to understand. Students at UWTSD are really lucky, we can freely ask our lectures for further help, and they always try to make time for you. And of course, on a practical level, the workshop there is also a great place to be with a number of different projects, race cars, and the simulator, so for any students there now, if you have time, I’d encourage getting involved.”

Tolgahan said he had quickly learned the value of hard work during his first year at UWTSD.

“The first year of university is the point where practical meets analytical. It is important to understand how much effort really needs to go into a project, an assignment or an exam. I remember initially revising very little for an exam with the mind-set that I only needed to pass. Knowing I had to shape up, weeks were then spent revising and making myself ready. On the third attempt I aced the paper scoring 93%, learning that there is a new boundary of effort required to succeed and it’s all about the amount of effort that goes in.”

Outside work, Tolgahan has another passion related to his love of cars.

“I am part of the Mongol Rally team called Swiftly Corroding Chassis Bashers, who are attempting to drive a £100 car on a 10,000 mile journey from Goodwood to Mongolia,” he said.

“The rally has already started with my team aiming to pick me up from Tajikistan for a 3 week stint to Kazakhstan, all in the name of adventure and raising money for charity. The charity we support is cool earth, working to halt deforestation.”

You can donate @ https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/13400/swiftly-corroding-chassis-bashers-mongol-rally-2017/

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