Joe has always been interested in space. Now he works on equipment that goes into orbit, or lands on other planets to improve mankind’s understanding of the Universe.
He originally studied engineering at college and after a stint as a bike mechanic, where he learnt valuable technical skills, he found a job with a company that made MRI scanners.
His personal space odyssey began when he started work at a company that manufactures batteries for satellites and spacecraft. They were using the test facility at the Science and Technology Facility Council’s RAL Space, a leading space technology researcher. “Then I heard about an opening there”.
At RAL Space Joe works on instruments used for research in space, performing vibration testing to make sure that they will survive the journey to their destination. He is currently helping to test an instrument that will perform imaging of the Sun, which is due to launch in 2018 and another item he recently tested has just begun its long journey to Mars.
“I think it’s really exciting that something I’ve handled and helped to test at RAL Space is actually going to land on another planet. To be part of the team that helped to deliver this project is a great feeling. I can’t start celebrating yet though as it has to get there first!” The ExoMars mission that Joe worked on is due to arrive at Mars on the 19th October 2016.
Joe - Career Pathway
Completed a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering at College
One year at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol studying for a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Then spent six years as a bike mechanic
Worked in various technician roles for a company making large MRI body scanners
Spent one year working as a Test Technician for a company making batteries for satellites/space (ABSL Space Products)
Stats - Science Technician
Full Time Employed: 34,360
Part Time Employed: 6,902
Self Employed: 1,725
Total Employed: 42,987
Electrical and electronics technicians
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Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.
Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 311: Science, Engineering and Production Technicians.