Technical Fellow

Personal Background Information

Technical Fellow

Jon Fuge , Technical Fellow, Renishaw

PERSONAL VIEW

  • D&T gives you skills which can lead to a great career.
  • When playing computer games we’re often presented with a set of problems which are solved by both dexterity and brainpower.  These are the same skills you require to be an engineer!
  • I find the real-life challenges, in work, are very satisfying to solve; it’s more rewarding than the computer games I’ve played and I get paid for it!
  • It’s great to be involved in new technology which  is  so fast-paced now.  Today I might not be able to resolve a problem, but tomorrow a new solution may be available.

MY JOB 

Overview:

My job involves designing next generation measurement systems to help meet the increasing requirements for precision and reduced manufacturing time by our customers.

My work is office-based, working with my team of engineers.  I occasionally visit customers and attend one or two design shows each year.

Key Activities:

  • Researching new technologies to find solutions to customers’ needs
  • Prototyping systems to prove new technology and try new solutions
  • Creating electronic schematic and PCB design with design reviews
  • Computer programming to test my designs

Personal skills

It helps to be self-motivated and work both alone and with a team.  It’s good to observe how things are done but have a questioning and analytical approach, to challenge why, and use your own innovation for fixing problems.

 

FROM SCHOOL……..

As a child, I continually dismantled toys (sometimes beyond repair!) but enjoyed constructive toys too and was hooked on building new things from an early age.

I was often bored in school,  but was interested in electronics and wanted to be an electronics engineer.

 I did some D&T, including electronics in my earlier years at secondary school but not at GCSE. 

…….TO WORK

I left school with A-levels in physics, maths and computer science and went into work as a PCB (printed circuit board) assembler.

I’ve worked up from the bottom in the industry, as a test engineer, design engineer, principal engineer and am now a technical fellow. 

Along the route, I took an engineering degree.