Learn how Sam works his Tech magic
‘When I saw this position advertised I was immediately interested as it’s not often you get to work on products that are in millions of people’s homes across Europe.’
What area of Sky do you work in?
Hardware Design – TV and Audio Products (Part of Group Product, Digital and Supply)
What’s your career journey been like up until now?
After graduating with a degree in Electronics with Music in 2014, my first job was with an Engineering design services company based near Livingston in Scotland. There, I worked in both PCB and Hardware Design roles which gave me really good practical experience in working as an Electronic Engineer in industry. The projects I worked on were quite varied so I learned a lot about what needs to happen to take a product from initial concept to something that’s ready to go into production from a hardware design perspective.
When I saw this position advertised I was immediately interested as it’s not often you get to work on products that are in millions of people’s homes across Europe. The technology that goes inside our products is cutting edge, so this coupled with having the opportunity to work on audio products, which is a passion of mine, was a very exciting prospect.
What does a typical day working here look like for you?
It’s very dependent on the phase of the project but usually it’s between being at my desk using CAD tools to draw schematics or writing technical documentation and being at the bench measuring physical hardware to test whether your designs are working as you expect them to.
The business has lots of really high quality tools and equipment available to use (including our own EMC chamber) so you almost always have all the tools available to get what you need done whether that’s software or test equipment.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here?
Although it’s only been 2 months, I’ve gotten stuck into project work already and feel like I’m a contributing member of the team. Hopefully this continues and I think the real rewarding part will come when the first product I’ve worked on here makes it into production!
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?
I really enjoy the problem solving and teamwork aspects to the job. If there’s something that’s really stumping you there’s always someone you can ask advice and they’ll suggest new approaches or things to try that you might not have thought of. That feeling you get when you finally solve an issue you’ve been struggling with for ages is always a great one.
Describe your work/life balance?
I’ve had a really good work/life balance here so far, the working hours are flexible as long you make them up at the end of the week and if you need to work from home the odd day then that’s fine. It’s great knowing that the flexibility is there if you ever need it.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career?
Always ask as many questions as you can (even if you think it might make you sound a bit silly). Try to work closely with people who have lots of experience and are working in the same field as you and try to absorb as much of their knowledge as you can. Building up relationships with people with lots of experience is really invaluable as having someone close by who you can ask questions to when you need really accelerates your learning and development.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?
I won a UK Sportshall Athletics gold medal for speed bounce (Google it) when I was fourteen!