|Physics with Astrophysics|
|Graduate Instrument Systems Engineer|
|Airbus Defence and Space|
|Engineering and manufacturing|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Graduate Instrument Systems Engineer in the United Kingdom
Working on airborne and spaceborne earth observation instruments
What I do
Systems design for synthetic aperture radar instruments. These are used for earth observation on satellites such as ESA's Sentinel-1 as well as airborne systems. I am currently on the graduate programme at Airbus Defence and Space.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Understanding of synthetic aperture radar has been developed while working for Airbus, but previous knowledge of electromagnetism and electronics was developed during my physics degree. I developed skills in systems engineering and understanding of space systems requirements during my Masters degree. I do some software coding too, particularly in Matlab which I have developed over the years.
What I like most
My work concerns complicated physical concepts, which makes you engage your brain. The space industry is an exciting field to work in, and I look forward to when something I worked on is launched into orbit!
What I like least
Big companies carry with them a decent amount of bureaucracy and some things make be difficult to change.
What has helped my career to progress
Studying for an MSc in Space Systems Engineering made me stand out when apply for jobs in the space industry.
Courses taken since graduation
MSc Space Systems Engineering at University of Southampton
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