Carla Mendoza
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What did you do before you were at Mars?

I studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Bath with a year in industry. In my year in industry I worked with silicon-based chemicals with an emphasis on safety, and I really loved my work. It was there where I first started to think about applying to the engineering graduate scheme at Mars.

Tell us about the Engineering Development Programme (EDP) 

The EDP works on three rotations over two years. My first rotation was in project engineering where I worked on a really exciting new product launch, where I was on the team that modified the Mars Bar production line to accommodate our delicious new Mars Chocolate Brownie. I also worked on the project to bring Milky Way production back to Slough. My second rotation, of which I am three months into, is working in maintenance at our factory in Slough as technical lead for Minstrels and Revels.

What does a typical day/week as an engineer entail?

First thing is to go into the factory every morning, walk down to the Revels and Minstrels lines and check what the current issues are. Then, Iescalate my line’s issues to the shift technicians and work out my priorities for the day. Day-to-day I attend factory meetings, work on installations, investigate and manage issues in the factory and also manage preventative maintenance days for these lines.

What is the best thing about working at Mars?

Mars has a very “try this” mentality and really throws you into big projects and gives you the opportunity to make a difference. The projects are fast-paced, fun and exciting. I also like that I get to interact with senior leaders on a daily basis – learning from my seniors is inspiring, informative and something which is really important to me.

What do you get up to outside of Mars?

I am heavily involved with the Women in Engineering Society. Women don’t often think that engineering is a plausible career for them and may not even be aware of it, and this is something I would like to change. I am very passionate about engineering and I’m proud to be a STEM ambassador – where I can meet other volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK.

If you were a Mars product what would you be?

Snickers (I’m not me when I’m hungry!)

What is your personal Mars motto?

It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you make, it’s all about how you fix it and learn from it.

Thinking of applying to the Engineering Development Programme? Find out more information on the programme here
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