What did you study at school?
At school I primarily studied STEM subjects such as Physics, Product Design, Craft Design Technology and Graphic Communication. I really enjoyed all of these subjects, as they allowed me to use my technical ability in a creative way. When it came to revising for the exams however, I struggled to focus, which led to poor results. After school, my options were limited due to my exam results. I applied, but I was unsuccessful for a number of apprenticeships. As I didn’t just want to give up and get a ‘normal’ job, I decided to go to my local college to study a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.
Why did you think an apprenticeship was the right path for your career development?
After college I had the option of going to university. However, the whole ‘academic’ thing just didn’t give me a clear enough picture of the end goal. I also felt that I had good communication and technical skills that were not being fully utilised. I figured an apprenticeship would be an excellent fit for me, and would provide me with a real life context for my academic learning.
Tell us what you do in a typical day
I currently work on the development of current and next generation systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft. As part of the Hardware Integration team, I have to consult with the Firmware, Software and Systems Engineers to ensure the Receiver not only works, but meets the requirements of our customer.
I have also been involved in developing MATLAB scripts to perform complex data analysis, designing radar test equipment and liaising with external companies to outsource work.
Externally, I’ve recently taken up the roles of Treasurer and Co-Chair for the IET Young Professionals Committee here in the South East of Scotland. Using this platform, I’d like to work with the committee to build a network for young engineers in the area.