Rowan S.

Development Engineer (R&D)
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Rowan S.
Electronics
Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems
Undergraduate
James
2011
United Kingdom

My employment

Development Engineer (R&D)
Ampetronic
United Kingdom
Engineering and manufacturing
2011

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A day in the life of a Development Engineer (R&D) in the United Kingdom

How I found out about the job

Recruitment agency

The recruitment process

This position was the end result of about 50 applications, 13 interviews and 3 job offers. Agent put forward my CV, a long wait followed.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I hope to set up within the audio electronics sector.

My advice to students considering work

Send out lots of job applications and apply for a large range of jobs, even if you're not hugely interested. I was able to use a job offer 'on the table' that I wasn't very interested in as a means of improving my credibility and confidence when interviewing for other positions, such as the position I ended up accepting.

To get into audio electronic engineering - do some repair work in your free time whilst at uni. It's good money and you learn a lot from doing this that you wouldn't find out in lectures or labs.

My advice about working in my industry

Audio electronic engineering. Do some repair work in your free time whilst at uni. It's good money and you learn a lot from doing this that you wouldn't find out in lectures or labs.

What I do

Research and Development for an audio engineering company. Circuit design, project management, simulation, PCB design, CAD, analog electronics, testing, compliance.

Skills I use and how I developed them



Extracurricular skills:
Project management, electronic design, problem solving, mathematics. Occasionally, diplomacy!

I learned more in my first 4 weeks of work than I did in 4 years of my engineering degree. That's just the way it is. Although it's important to learn the theory behind engineering principles, most of my work does not involve first principles of electronics beyond ohm's law or even maths beyond AS level and involves creating variations on electronic circuits, some of which have been around for 50 years or more. The point is to use the tools available to solve problems.

Hopefully that's heartening to anyone who is as bewildered as I was some times whilst a student.

What I like most

I enjoy the varied opportunities available within a small to medium sized company.

What I like least

EMC and compliance testing.

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