Senior Hardware Engineer
When did you join Leonardo?
I joined the company in 2008 as a summer Industrial Placement student while I was at university. I later completed the graduate scheme and am a Senior Hardware Engineer working in the Precision Guidance group.
What are your main tasks as a Senior Hardware Engineer?
Despite my job title, I specialise in embedded firmware and software systems. I 've previously worked on image processing algorithms and now deal in feedback control, with a focus on promoting model-driven engineering in both our project and the wider business.
Tell us about your typical day
I don’t really have a typical day at work as my job is very varied and I certainly wouldn’t like to bet on what the next day will bring. However, the things that mostly occupy my time are: doing design work; writing plans, specifications and interfaces; developing test tools; sitting with other engineers to work through some aspect of the design or testing; and dealing with the customer.
What related activities are you involved with outside your specific job role?
Alongside my technical work I do a lot of education outreach, which is hugely rewarding. This includes mentoring students and teams, giving talks and presentations, organising and attending careers fairs, and visiting schools. This is all with the aim of promoting STEM subjects and developing our future engineers and scientists.
What do you enjoy about working at Leonardo?
As an engineer, I have an almost unique opportunity to exercise both technical skill and creativity and see the concrete results of my work. Knowing and seeing that I'm able to make a direct improvement or change, however small, is immensely valuable.