Undergraduate Design Engineer, Bath, UK
I am an engineer working for Rotork Controls Ltd. I have always been interested in maths, science, computing, and machines, so engineering was a natural choice for me. I was home-educated, which allowed me to work alongside my father repairing cars, and to have part-time jobs alongside studying. My first job was a volunteer at a zoo, where I worked one day a week for three years. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed working with the animals, but I felt that I would prefer a career in engineering, so moved to working at Rotork part-time while studying for my A-Levels. At A-Level I chose to take Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and Chemistry. I am now studying Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath, and am working at Rotork during my Industrial Placement and holidays. While at Rotork, I have had a wide range of roles: working on the production line, building a range of our products; working in the quality assurance department, doing fault-finding and repair of circuit boards; building and maintaining test equipment and demonstrators; documenting data logged by our products; writing code to help people view, understand, and analyse our data; and working on a new system for intelligent asset management – software to help our customers optimise the way they use and maintain our products. Outside of work, I am a member of the local IET committee, helping to arrange engineering events at the University of Bath and in the local area. I am also training to be a hot-air balloon pilot, and enjoy reading, walking, playing piano, and baking (particularly maths-themed cakes!).
I enjoy engineering because it allows me to apply the maths, which I love, and use practical skills and logic, to solve problems and help people. I find it rewarding to see my work being used to help people, and it is satisfying to complete a project from a conceptual idea to a fully working device/system.
I enjoy working for Rotork because I am able to work on a wide variety of projects. I can apply the knowledge which I have gained at University, use the skills which I have learnt, and I am also able to learn and develop more as I work. The people at Rotork are what really makes it a great company to work for. They are kind and helpful and have been happy to answer questions when I get stuck on projects, and teach me when I am working on new things. I enjoy having individual responsibility for some projects, while also being able to work as part of a larger team on others.