Chris Corbett, Principal Design Engineer, Thomas Dudley Ltd
My main job role is to design products from concept designs through to production. The job is mainly office based, designing with 3D CAD but I do also get to perform some hands-on practical tasks and liaise with suppliers both on and off-site. I work both individually and as part of a team which is invaluable to get the best possible designs.
The personal skills you need are problem-solving, being creative, teamwork and perseverance.
At school I enjoyed technology and P.E . Key GCSE subjects were science, particularly physics, and maths. Outside of school I enjoyed sports and TV!
From school I got a job as a trainee draughtsman with Thomas Dudley Ltd where I have worked ever since! I went to college on day release where I gained a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering and a HNC in Computer Aided Engineering. Over the next few years I was promoted to design engineer and then to my current role as Principal Design Engineer.