The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space is a test facility for cutting edge space hardware. As well as maintaining its day-to-day operation, Liam also provides electronic and mechanical support to other space technology projects.
It was his interest in testing that prepared the path to his current role. “I’m quite methodical. I like to do things a certain set way and it suits the type of work I do”.
After landing his first job as a Test Engineer, he moved on to do installation work for Cryogenic Engineering Facilities. This took him around the world – from Europe to Singapore to California.
Now he works on projects that are literally out of this world. “You have to be extremely careful in space engineering. Mistakes are very expensive”.
As well as one of Europe’s largest test chamber, Liam is also involved with the James Webb Space Telescope, a space observatory set to launch in 2018. “It’s really exciting to be working here on projects like these”.
Liam - Career Pathway
Left school with 11 GCSEs. Began a College course in Motor Sport Engineering while working part time at AW Clarke Engineering
Joined Agilent Technologies as a Coil Winding Technician
Achieved ambition of becoming a Test Engineer at Agilent
Joined ICE Oxford as a Test Installation Engineer. The job involved travelling to undertake testing installations in Europe, America and Asia
Science and Technology Facilities Council, RAL Space – Facility Electrical Technician
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Electrical and electronics technicians
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