In 1996, during the second year of my engineering degree, I applied for summer work with the Control Techniques Service Centre in Telford. During the summer placement I was made aware of the student sponsorship program and applied.
Having been accepted, I then spent one summer working in the Technical Support department. This gave me a broad understanding of the products that Control Techniques develops. After finishing my degree I spent six months working in a UK drive centre where I was able to work directly with customers and gain an understanding of typical drive applications.
After returning to the main Engineering and Development centre in Newtown I spent twelve months working as an electronics engineer in the Sustaining Products team to build up a knowledge of Control Techniques’ processes and procedures, obtaining experience of electronics design.
Following my request to obtain experience in embedded software development, my first permanent position was within the Integration Products team (the team responsible for developing drive option modules that enable our products to be used within a wide range of different applications). Within this team I received further mentoring and software training which enabled me to take responsibility for the hardware and software development of a number of option modules.
As my experience grew, I expressed an interest in project management and was given the opportunity to lead the Integration Products team. The team currently consists of 5 embedded software engineers in the UK and one in the USA. Our team is also responsible for acting as a technology leader for the other Control Techniques Engineering and Development divisions around the world. This results in us having day to day contact with our colleagues in China, the USA and India.