Aquiles was born in Sátão. He always lived in Viseu, where he attended high school. He was an Officer of the Portuguese Air Force. He studied mechanical engineering at ISEC in Coimbra. He started his professional activity at Soima in 1985. He started by playing roles in the design, manufacture and assembly of metallic structures for pavilions. Afterwards he was in the project, timing and methods department. Since 1996 he has been responsible for production, preparation, planning and procurement where he is now.