Facility Electrical Technician
At school, Liam always liked working on projects where he had the chance to be methodical; little did he know that the precision and attention to detail skills he was learning at school would lead him to a technician role at a space centre.
“I’m quite methodical. I like to do things a certain set way and it suits the type of work in testing I do”.
Liam is a Facility Electrical Technician at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space – a test facility for cutting-edge space hardware. In his current job, Liam is not only responsible for maintaining its day-to-day operation but also provides electronic and mechanical support to lots of space technology projects.
After landing his first job as a Test Engineer, he moved on to do installation work for Cryogenic Engineering Facilities. This took him around the world – from Europe and Singapore to California.
Now he works on projects that are literally out of this world. “You have to be extremely careful in space engineering. Mistakes are very expensive.”
Liam’s technical skills and experience have opened so many doors and opportunities to him. As well as working in one of Europe’s largest test chambers, recently Liam was a part of the team engineering and testing the James Webb Space Telescope.
“It’s really exciting to be part of a team creating a space observatory that’s going to be launched into space. How many people can say they’ve done that?”
Liam's career pathway
- 2008 Left school after his GCSEs and began a college course in Motor Sport Engineering while working part-time at AW Clarke Engineering
- 2010 Joined Agilent Technologies as a Coil Winding Technician
- 2012 Achieved his ambition of becoming a Test Engineer at Agilent
- 2013 Joined ICE Oxford as a Test Installation Engineer. The job involved travelling to undertake testing installations in Europe, America and Asia
- 2016 Joined Science and Technology Facilities Council, RAL Space as a Facility Electrical Technician