- Name: Helen
- University: Heriot-Watt University
- Degree: BEng (Hons) Robotics and Cybertronics
The thing that impressed me most about AWE when I was considering who to
apply for was the company’s commitment to the training and development
of its staff. Like most people who work here, I was also keen to make a
meaningful contribution to the defence of our nation.
When I left university, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. But
another great thing about AWE is the flexibility, you are able to move
around and try different things. So when you want a new challenge,
there’s no need to uproot and move to a different company.
In my current role, I create dynamic models of systems and investigate
and improve the dynamic modelling tools and techniques we use. I am the
technical lead for this work area, which means that I get to decide the
direction we should take and make that happen. I also hold the role of
Verification and Validation Lead on a collaborative project we’re
tackling with colleagues in the US.
I’ve only been here two years but already I’ve been offered loads of
great opportunities and responsibility. As well as the chance to work
with different people and travel to the U.S. I’ve also completed a
number of placements within the company, one of which involved working
as part of the safety interlock team on the ORION laser project.
If you’re thinking of applying, I’d say go for it. When you graduate,
it’s important to work for a company that can support your ongoing
development. And one that will apply the theory you’ve learnt at
university to some real and challenging projects. Not all companies can
do that, but AWE can.
Personally, I aim to achieve chartered status and gain another
promotion, then take my technical area on to new levels of innovation.
I’d also like to be the technical lead on a project in the future.