I enjoy the variety of working in research and development (R&D). Every single week is different. When I first started, I worked on cylindrical cans that are quite simple and now we are getting into really complex pieces – some are huge, five-tonne parts that are taller than I am, down to really tiny ones that you can barely see! It really keeps me engaged and I am now the one that people come to for advice and that is great. We also work with PhD students to prove their theories and hypotheses.
I make specialist metal parts for cars and aerospace, for research and development at one of the government funded Catapult centres. These are centres that support innovative businesses and get access to cutting edge equipment and technical experts so they can bring high-tech ideas to life.
I am not just manufacturing parts, I make and test new processes too. At the MTC, we are working on projects to go along with the government’s net zero target, so we are very much at the cutting edge. I make metal parts for all different companies for use in cars and aerospace, using all sorts of metals. I am one of the technicians that make the parts required and carry out the processes that need undertaking.