During university summer breaks I worked for special effects company helping produce pyrotechnic effects (fire and explosions), weather effects (snow, rain, wind) for music videos, tv ads and dramas. I also worked at a small company to design and make the head and neck of an animatronic dinosaur (like you see in the museums). After university I worked in construction on the Terminal 5 project at Heathrow. I project managed the construction work required to extend the train and tube lines.
I have a mixed role of mechanical engineering design and project management. I design whatever the scientists need to perform their experiments. An example of what a laser scientist may ask for is something to move a big mirror in 3 directions remotely to a high accuracy so that they can aim their laser beam where they need to. I also manage the mechanical workshop, so I allocate tasks to my staff based on the priorities of the department and the staff skills.
Science and Technology Facilties Council – this is a reasearch council that funds facilties required to produce science research that can not be done at a university.
I turn the scientists ideas into something that works in the real world.
My Typical Day
I spend my day producing designs on the computer, going to meetings to discuss what is required and then working out how to achieve it.
What I'd do with the money
I would put in towards some kind of engineering challenge at a local school.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
efficient, approachable, organised
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Going to Siberia to see big magnets
What did you want to be after you left school?
Special Effects Supervisor for Film and TV
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Competing on my horse