Robotics Research Technician
Growing up on a farm meant Sam saw lots of engineering. Watching everything going on helped him to decide to study technical subjects at school, which paved the way for his job as a Robotics Research Technician with Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
For a long time, research into robots has been done by academics, and the things they’ve learnt haven’t made their way into companies that could use it. Sam and his team are changing this, working with lots of different clients to help them use robotics and automation.
“My job offers me a huge number of things to get involved with, ranging from designing, making and programming flashing badges for wearable tech, to programming robots to blow dust off Martian solar panels!”
One of his current projects is helping to design a new collaborative robot, called Baxter. “The idea of collaborative robots is that they work closely with and interact with humans. Industrial robots have always been dangerous to work around, but robots like Baxter have sensors that allow them to detect people and react accordingly.”
The best bit of Sam’s job? Meeting new clients and helping them get what they need. “I love being able to provide technical solutions and bring technologies to people’s attention that they weren’t previously aware of.”
Sam's career pathway
- 2003 Left school with three A-levels
- 2005 Started a degree in Music Systems Engineering
- 2010 Finished his degree
- 2011 Became an IT Trainer for the NHS
- 2013 Became a Robotics Research Technician at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory