1. What is your professional background and how did you come to work at Diamond?
I’ve always been interested in physics and mathematics and have had a passion for building machines from a very young age. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering From Visvesvaraya Technological University. Although, I found the majority of the subjects taught during my Bachelor’s degree interesting, such as Mechanics of Materials, Machine design, Control systems, Thermal engineering etc., I realised the value of these subjects only when I joined the industry and started using this knowledge to design and build special purpose machinery for the Nuclear Power, Defence and Space sectors. I later pursued a Master’s degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University where I worked with a small team on project using a systems engineering approach to build, test and launch the device into Space. I joined Diamond as a Mechanical Design Engineer in 2012 and am currently working as a Project Engineer. My prior experience in designing a variety of complex precision machines has helped me make a significant contribution to a variety of interesting projects and I continue to enhance my knowledge and skills at Diamond.
2. Can you walk us through a typical day?
A typical day usually involves discussions with the science and engineering teams on new projects or existing ones requiring upgrades. If a project is in the concept stage, the focus is more on trying to understand the science requirements, brainstorming ideas with the team and project planning. This stage may also involve 3D design and prototyping using 3D printed parts. The detailed design stage involves a lot of 3D designs, prototyping, hand calculations and finite element analysis. If the project is in the assembly and testing phase, I am usually working with the technicians in assembly and testing. This stage is very interesting as you finally get to see, feel and work with the final product and test it to understand and verify if it performs as designed
A typical day could also involve the application of and learning in many associated areas like project scheduling, management, budgeting and procurement of subsystems.
3. What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy all stages of developing a new product or upgrading an existing one. The most enjoyable parts are, the learning experience, the pleasure of working with a highly skilled and experienced team, the excitement and satisfaction in seeing the final product working and being used. Of course, the Project Management related activities are also very interesting and challenging especially when complex projects have to be delivered on time and budget.
4. What advice would you give to someone wanting to get involved in your field?
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines which has played a key role in shaping our world today. It has always been in the forefront of developing new technologies for a number of industries including scientific research, robotics, healthcare, transport etc. Mechanical engineers lead the design and manufacture of everything from small parts and devices, such as machines in the micro and nanoscale, to large systems such as Earthmovers and Spacecraft.