Charlotte in blue t-shirt and hard hat

Charlotte Wilkes

Robotics Technician

Charlotte's job title is Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

What I do

I programme and maintain robots that we rely on to do repetitive and dangerous tasks.

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How I became a technician

A typical day
in my working life

Is my workplace dangerous?

It can be, as certain areas are highly radioactive, but we can’t send humans in, so the best way to perform the tasks is remotely through the robotics systems that we have.

A surprising fact about me!

I play for Oxford City Football Club. My job works well alongside it as my hours are flexible, so it fits in with football training days. I’ve been playing football since I was seven.

Charlotte Wilkes

A little more
about my everyday role

The most exciting thing I've achieved so far in my job

One of the biggest thrills for me so far is that I have completed part of the control room training. Mascot belongs on a boom, which is like those plastic snake toys that rotate on different axis, the boom is effectively that and holds Mascot on the end. I am now trained to be able to drive that boom, which is very exciting!

The next steps in my career journey

I want to become a mechanical lead, to be in charge of my own teams and projects. That’s what I am aiming for. I could see that being with UKAEA - I can see fusion being a part of my life for a long time. There may be an opportunity to work in the South of France too.

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