Max & Steve
Sports Research Technician
Behind every great team is a great coach. But behind every new England Rugby World Cup shirt, revolutionary golf club or high-performance tennis racket, is a team of technicians. Just like Steve and Max.
They are the technician dream team in Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute. Their work is incredibly varied, and that’s what Max loves about it. “I like the fact that a technician role allows you to get involved with variety of tasks. I already had a great passion for sport – this job allows me to combine that with my passion for engineering.”
When they were younger, they both enjoyed being practical and figuring things out – while Max enjoyed building Airfix model kits, Steve was designing booby traps for his Action Men.
Max studied electrical engineering technology at college before completing a HND in Electrical Engineering. Steve took a different path, joining a small engineering company as an apprentice and then going back to college part-time to do a higher technical qualification in CNC programming and machining.
The range of projects they work on is huge. Day-to-day, they could be working with the academics and students in the Sports Technology Institute, as well as working with major sporting brands including Nike, Adidas and Speedo to improve equipment and athlete performance.
Both Steve and Max couldn’t recommend their jobs highly enough. “The best thing about being a technician here, is being able to be part of the design, solve problems and create something really great. We get to work with all the major sporting brands and some great people – we have the freedom to design, create and see the product through to the very end.”
Max & Steve's career pathway
- 1982 Left school with combination of ‘O' levels and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering
- 1984 Completed a HND in Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology
- 1985 First job as an Electronic Engineer designing, building and testing electronic circuits
- 1996 Moved to a small company that built asphalt testing equipment for the civil engineering sector
- 1999 Joined the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough at as a Sports Research Technician