Graduate Hardware Engineer
Why did you join Leonardo?
I first joined the company as an industrial placement student, in the hardware department, between the second and third years of my degree. Upon completion of my degree in 2015, I returned as a graduate hardware engineer as the opportunities I was exposed to whilst on my placement year, made me eager to come back and develop further as an engineer. I am now working as a firmware engineer within the electronics department.
What does your job entail?
As a firmware engineer, either as part of a team or individually within the project, I am responsible for the design, test and any other associated support required around the integration of firmware into the project. This means I spend my time doing a range of tasks. During the design phase, most of my time is spent discussing with other members of the team what we want to implement and what we think the best way to do it is. I then write code and develop the design of the agreed solution. The final stage is typically more hands on, supporting other team members, either in the lab or on trials, to ensure the solution works as intended.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy working as part of a team and contributing a small piece to the bigger picture. Hands on hardware work and debugging equipment in the lab is my favourite part as you get to actually see what you have been working on ‘come to life’ as part of the bigger picture or combination of other equipment. I’m also involved in other extracurricular activities which see me helping with school events and attending recruitment fairs telling students about my job and explaining the benefits of a career in STEM.
Why would you recommend someone works for Leonardo?
The exposure and opportunities at Leonardo to complex cutting edge technology is great and coming in as a graduate or apprentice means enrolment on various schemes and access to training for development in the early stages of your career.