Dave Collingwood, Principal Electronics Design Engineer, Renishaw
My role is in research and development to conceive and design new measurement products for the machine tool industry. I also have a remit to encourage a new generation of engineers into the profession.
My time is split between office, for research and paperwork, and the lab where theories and designs are tested and developed.
For research and development, you need to have curiosity and an innovative approach with a “can-do” attitude. You have to take risks, solve problems and be ready to accept possible failure.
I didn’t really enjoy school and was more ‘geeky’ than the main crowd but was quite outgoing.
My favourite subjects were the sciences and I had hobbies involving electronics, pyrotechnics and car mechanics.
I took GCSEs and went on to do a OND in Radio and Line Transmission
I started work in a test department but went on to do electronic development work to map the location of underground services which led to a year of North Sea experience with a remotely operated Mini Submersible.
I joined Renishaw about 30 years ago, since when I’ve greatly expanded my expertise in electronics and general engineering, especially opto-electronics.