Working as a Research Engineer within a Research and Development company would look to be a good fit, but as we all know job titles can cover a huge diversity in what the actual job role entails.
So here’s an insight into what I do as a Research Engineer at Gill R&D.
As part of the Research team, I uncover, evaluate and test new concepts, technologies and methodologies for either new products or enhancements to existing ones. Working for a company that is part of a corporate group means no two projects are the same and I have the opportunity to work on both Gill projects, ranging from meteorological to motorsport technologies and external customer research projects.
On a daily basis, manual and automated calculation are made, design experiments are conducted, simulation techniques are tested using finite element modelling and equipment is designed to carry out the test programme, calibration and data analysis. Every day presents a new challenge to keep you on your toes and continually learning new techniques and methodologies.
Having a curious and enquiring nature is a real benefit to my work, as we constantly challenge the status quo. Looking for better ways of doing what we currently do, or identifying new opportunities at both the theoretical level and through simulation and testing.
The most fulfilling part of my job is having the ability through my research to help inform the company about the feasibility and viability of various technology approaches in developing a solution to a product need. For example, we recently identified a new method of being able to sense the contents of a black water tank without the sensors reliability being compromised by the solids within the liquid. This has provided a significant commercial advantage and has given us a lead in this market!
We are provided with the latest software and testing facilities, such as COMSOL, Ansys CFX for fluid flow design and simulation and PC Flex for our ultrasonic product work, enabling me to tackle a full range of projects and developments.
With access to seminars and conferences coupled with an ongoing training and development programme, means that I am able to keep my skills up to date and to acquire new skillsets as technologies and methodologies develop.
What I enjoy most about this job is the autonomy I am given and the responsibility to provide the innovations and solutions that enables the business and its customers remain at the forefront of their industries. Collaboration is key to successful product development and as a member of the Research team, I am actively encouraged to learn about and contribute across disciplines to broaden our knowledge and effectiveness.
Not being restricted to my own areas of specialisation and being given the freedom to drive my personal development provides is for me a long term opportunity.
We are always on the lookout for more talented and ambitious people to join our team. If this sounds like the work environment that would suit you, contact us for a chat.
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