Electrical/Electronic Engineering & Software
How long have you worked for Chess?
How did you start your career at Chess?
I joined Chess as a Graduate Engineer after completing my MEng in Mechatronics.
As a Graduate, what did your role entail – how much involvement did you have in the different design elements of a project?
I was the R&D Engineer working on an innovative actuator system for pick and place machines. I was involved in all activities related to the project, from start to finish. This included the initial detailed design through to the production of the system. As a Graduate I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of involvement and responsibility I was given, and had the opportunity to get stuck in.
What support did you receive from Chess?
Chess provided specific technical training as required throughout my first few years with the company. There was, and still is, a very strong team ethos here, and irrespective of your experience and ability, everyone is willing to support and help others. I was fortunate enough to learn directly from the founder of the business, a passionate Mechanical Engineer. The experience and knowledge that the team have to offer is second to none and everyone is keen to pass this on to the new members of the team.
Why did you choose to further your career at Chess?
When I joined, Chess was making a transition from manufacturing commercial machines for production lines to turntable and surveillance equipment for the defence industry. There were exciting and interesting projects on the horizon and I wanted to be involved. Chess were able to offer me the ability to be heavily involved in projects that larger corporations couldn’t.
What opportunities have been provided to you to develop and progress within the company?
Chess has offered me significant opportunities from the beginning. The company has developed and grown substantially during my time here and I am pleased to say opportunities for all members of staff to progress are still very much available. My position within the company has continuously developed and I am now a member of the Senior Management Team.
What have you enjoyed most about your time at Chess?
The people and the variety of work. Every project and design is different and presents its own unique technical challenges. Chess are constantly pushing technological boundaries and the enthusiasm in the team is infectious. When challenges present themselves, the team pull together to successfully overcome them. I particularly enjoy working on the larger, innovative development programs – my favourite being the three-axis stabilised antenna platform recently. The technical complexity and combination of disciplines required to develop the equipment was incredible and I am very proud to have been involved in it.