Electronics Production Technician, Imaging Systems Division of RAL Space at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
What are your main responsibilities?
Assembly work of space flight electronics to ESA (European Space Agency) standards. I’m also qualified as an ESA Inspector which means that I occasionally inspect flight hardware to ensure it meets the strict requirements!
What science, technology, engineering and or maths (STEM) do you use in your role?
I use engineering in my role at STFC. As well as working full-time I’m also studying for a degree in Electronic Engineering at Oxford Brookes University.
How did you get into this career?
I started by applying for the Apprenticeship Scheme at RAL due to an ongoing interest in engineering and Space – the apprenticeship gave me all of the technical knowledge, skills and experience that I needed for a career in engineering. After completing the apprenticeship I was offered a full-time position within RAL Space!
What do you enjoy the most in your role?
Being able to work on projects that are at the leading edge of science and space exploration is infinitely rewarding. For example, last year I completed some of the electronic assembly for the International Space Station – which has now been fitted, so to know that something I was a part of is now in space is incredible!
Tell us a bit about yourself – family, hobbies and interests?
I’m 26 and live locally to RAL. I have played ice hockey for the past 22 years –my club team are the Bracknell Queen Bees. I have also played for the Women’s Great Britain ice hockey team for the past 3-4 years. I have represented GB at the World Championships again this year which took place in Dumfries, Scotland in April.