Jiaqi C.

Conformance engineer
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Jiaqi C.
Electronic Engineering
Research Postgraduate

My employment

Conformance engineer
Emerson Industrial Automation
United Kingdom
Engineering and manufacturing

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A day in the life of a Conformance engineer in the United Kingdom

How I found out about the job

Recruitment agency

The recruitment process

An agency sent an email to me regarding an existing opportunity and hoped me to come back for him to discuss. I mailed back saying OK, phone me, that time I was in China. He did. After forwarding my application form for the post the agency told me the time for a telephone interview on techniques, and information about who were going to interview me and what kind of questions they used to ask applicants. Minutes after the telephone interview the agency phoned me again telling me the feedback "he is academic, no experiences, but ok" from my interviewer, now my manager. Then we arranged a face-to-face interview. I went to the U.K for my graduation ceremony but that interview as well in June. 20min after the interview the agency phoned me again telling me they are happy and my job is fixed. The agency is the key factor in my job seeking process. There were other agencies like Monster, who contacted me enquiring if I was happy to apply via them some positions but when I submitted C.V to them they never came back. So finding a good agency is luck but it helps.

My career history

Campus porter (shifts covers from Halifax to Alcuin, including the central Hall),
Demonstrator in the department,
Teller at Costcutter supermarket.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

Consultant with experiences covering multiple industries.

My advice to students considering work

Be ready to attend and prepare for any kind of companies/industries interview. I have learnt more from a terribly humiliating interview than any workshops/projects, and it starts a new perspective for further continuing learning. I can keep an eye on something new and keep updating my knowledge portfolio after being interviewed by some sector I am unfamiliar at all.

My advice about working in my industry

broaden the scope of skills and knowledge

What I do

My role involves the following: carrying out product tests; reporting to the team any faults on the design and suggest solutions; drafting technical documents for internal use and publications; revise the practice of R&D and carry out investigations on particular problems, some of the problem is not well defined, so the task is to define a problem, find a methodology to investigate, revise the procedure.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Extracurricular skills:
Analysis on experiment set up and the physics behind it.
Learn from work.

What I like most

I have plenty of free time to carry on what I am interested in.
Multi-dimensional tasks I can carry, from experiments, theoretical analysis/simulation to bureaucracy like documentation preparing for claiming CE compliance for products.

What I like least

There's not always a definitive output, like a piece of hardware designed by myself or a programme. My work is to contribute into various products and the company R&D practice. Except for the user guide, there is nothing with my name signed on it.

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