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Wayne Tubby: Lead Hardware Engineer


Wayne Tubby: Lead Hardware Engineer

RAL Space — Didcot

"I've always enjoyed pulling things apart and seeing how they work"

Wayne Tubby

(Credit: STFC)

What do you do in your job?

I have overall responsibility for mechanical and electrical work within the group, and I’m responsible for health and safety within the labs.

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

We are aiming to use robots and autonomous systems to help people in everyday life, such as with farming or sending robots into areas that are not safe for people. We are also using our systems to research new ways to explore other planets such as Mars or the moon to increase our knowledge of our solar system.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Robotics started as my hobby. It has been great to expand this into general autonomous systems and to be able to do something I enjoy on a day-to-day basis.

What did you study at school?

At college: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Electronics. At university: Electromechanical Engineering.

What inspired you into a career in science/engineering?

I've always enjoyed pulling things apart and seeing how they work. I also enjoyed those subjects at school.

What top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • Read up on the areas that interest you.
  • Read magazines and go online to learn.
  • Keep an eye out for outreach events in the local area to get the chance to talk to people working in the field you are interested in.
  • Construction toys like Lego or Meccano.
  • Design and building.

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