Position: Test and compliance apprentice technician in RFP
What do you do?
I help build and test electrical systems that use RF products created by Teledyne e2v. I have been able to get involved with many different projects such as test gear 42A which tests magnetrons and safe stop, which uses Radio frequencies to stop cars and moving objects.
How long have you been with e2v?
I am a third-year apprentice
What’s your biggest accomplishment in the company so far?
My biggest achievement is getting a stars award for a project that I had been working on for test gear 42A. it was to build and design an enclosure that held the control and monitoring system for the test gear. I learnt new building techniques as well as developing my problem-solving skills and coming up with solutions for the project.
What’s one struggle that you overcame during your time at Teledyne e2v?
My confidence, when I first start at Teledyne e2v, and begun placements, I was quite shy and didn’t have much confidence in the work I completed. Over my time at e2v, finding a final placement I felt I could develop in and settle in I felt I had changed and it allowed me to show people what I could do.
What is the most valuable skill you’ve gained during your apprenticeship?
I have gained electrical knowledge and skills in building connectors, and building cables as well as developed skills in auto-CAD. The most valuable skills that I have gained is quickly coming up with a mechanical solution for an issue. For example, creating some standoffs in an enclosure that I have built.
What’s your best piece of advice for new apprentices joining the company?
Be willing to learn and be willing to develop your skills since there is always time for you to improve and learn more.
If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
J.K. Rowling because I am a big Harry Potter fan, David Bowie since I am a big fan of his music, and my secondary school maths teacher Miss Robinson since helped me develop my maths skills.