When did you join Leonardo?
I was studying for my A Levels with the hopes of progressing through to university. However, family issues resulted in me leaving home at the age of 17, requiring me to drop my A levels and seek a job to support my financial needs. It was only by chance, after attending a robot competition with my sixth form college, that I discovered the technical apprenticeship offered by Leonardo, who sponsored the event. For me this was an ideal opportunity as it essentially permitted me to continue my studies at university, whilst benefitting from a salary doing something I enjoy – electronics.
What are your main tasks as a Hardware Technician?
Since joining the company, I've successfully achieved a distinction in an HNC and HND, along with gaining multiple key skills which have permitted me to complete a BEng course in electronics. My current hardware role has additionally allowed me to further my skills in electronics, ranging from fault-finding tactics and surface mount component PCB assembly, to complex FPGA design solutions and switching power supply design to meet naval defence standards.
Tell us about your typical day?
Every day is different! I have been introduced to new components, circuits and computer languages that were previously unknown to me prior to working here. Yet, my skills gained over the years since joining Leonardo have allowed me to significantly contribute to the various projects within the company.
What related activies are you involved with outside your specific job role?
Outside the office, I have had the fortunate opportunity to engage with a multitude of high school STEM activities, all aimed at promoting a career in science and technology whilst encouraging the development of engineering skills. These have always been a success, introducing new skills and career knowledge into schools and new talent into the company.
What do you enjoy about working at Leonardo?
My progression through Leonardo has seen me work both independently and in teams on various projects, ranging from air radio fault diagnosis to FPGA firmware designs. These projects have provided me with an opportunity to further my talents and electronic knowledge, thereby helping me to progress both within the company as an engineer and at university studying for my BEng. I enjoy every day at the office and always look forward to the future opportunities that I will come to experience.