Q: What are you studying and where?
I am currently studying electrical and mechanical engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Q: What attracted you to work at Calnex?
Having the opportunity to work in a company that is a world leader in its field and benefit from the wealth of experience and knowledge the staff have to offer.
Q: Please talk us through a typical day at Calnex?
I get the train to work from Glasgow and walk in to the office via the Linlithgow Loch which is always a nice start to the day. Once I get in I get set up at my desk and grab a coffee (the first of many throughout the day!). When I’m drinking my coffee I’ll check my emails/ schedule and think about how I’m going to use my time that day, before starting my work. Most of the work I have been doing has been test work in the laboratory, which is a pretty cool place to be if you’re an engineering student, with a huge amount of equipment available to use.
At lunch I’ll typically go out a run before heading up to the canteen (which is really good!). After lunch I get back to work, in the afternoon I usually end up spending a fair amount of time asking people questions that I’ve accumulated from the morning’s work and it is normally the time of day where everything “clicks”. At the end of the day I usually write up what I have done and what my aims for the next day are.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about your summer placement?
The team here are really friendly and have been more than happy to help whenever I have asked for advice or haven’t been able to understand something straight away.
Another great part of the placement is that I have been able to get involved in a number of different tasks, dabbling in the kinds of things the test, manufacturing, and software engineers all do here. This has given me insight into the kind of work different people in the company do and has been highly useful for me thinking about my career moving forward.
Q: Most challenging aspects of your job?
Some of the core concepts underlying the Calnex products are pretty hard to get your head around at first but over the course of the placement things have been becoming clearer!
Q: Have you gained any new skills at Calnex? If so, what are they?
My knowledge of timing and synchronization has improved massively, and I have also improved my practical electronics skills and experience working in a laboratory.
Q: What piece of advice would you give to anyone who wants to start a summer placement?
Be yourself, be enthusiastic, and ask lots of questions!
Q: What do you do for downtime?
Outwith University and work I enjoy hillwalking and rock climbing. I also play the tin whistle and the bagpipes and love getting together with mates to play a few tunes and have a laugh.