It’s one thing to know how a wind turbine should operate; it’s quite another to translate it into a language that computers understand. That’s what Gabriel does.
He programmes the software that enables wind turbines to be controlled on screens in remote substations. “It’s intriguing how a few lines of code can make these huge machines do whatever you want”.
Gabriel has always loved computers and gadgets. While studying for his BTEC in electronics he learnt more about what’s inside them. “It’s fascinating how all these tiny resistors, capacitors and microcontrollers come together in a smartphone that connects you to the world”.
He only recently completed his apprenticeship with Siemens in Berlin. It was an experience he really enjoyed, despite an initial setback. “I didn’t know until the first day that we would be taught in German!”
Following intensive study Gabriel now has a new language as well as a new job with a top European company.
Gabriel - Career Pathway
Left school with 8 GCSEs
BTEC National Diploma in Electronic Engineering and achieved a distinction-merit level
City & Guilds in Electrotechnical Technology
City & Guilds in Electrotechnical Technology Level 3; Mechatronics Apprenticeship with Siemens in Berlin
Started full-time at Siemens as a Software and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Engineer
Stats - Software Engineer
Full Time Employed: 250,054
Part Time Employed: 16,750
Self Employed: 33,808
Total Employed: 300,612
Programmers and software development professionals
Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.