From Human Factors Engineering (HFE) training to having already worked on 4 different projects, it’s been a busy first 6 months at HD for Design Development Engineer, James! This week, James discusses what he’s been up to, has learned so far and plans for the next 6 months at Haughton Design:
The last 6 months have flown by! It’s been such a huge change for me, having to adjust my mindset from being in a large manufacturing business to the smaller, technical consultancy at HD, but I don’t regret the move one bit. I’ve already had some great opportunities to get stuck into, so now have a lot of ideas on how to help the business further in the coming months/years.
I think one of the biggest changes for me has been the detailed involvement in the wider business that everyone has at HD. Instead of just doing design work, for example, we all do some project management, sales and marketing (including writing for this blog!), business development, etc. These are fantastic universal skills that make you more invested in the business’s success and make you a more rounded engineer.
My goals for the next 6 months are quite ambitious. In addition to the points I have discussed, I would like to increase my responsibilities at HD to grow into a new role. I have a keen interest in all things digital so would like to find a way to develop additional digital products/services that would be beneficial to our clients. I also want to learn more about sheet metal and other metalworking processes, as my background is mostly in plastics so would like to fill the gaps in my knowledge. Finally, I would like to learn something completely new such as electronics, as I have next to no experience in this field.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far and have learned so much in such a short space of time. I want to thank everyone at HD for being so welcoming and helpful. I hope the next few months and years are as challenging and interesting as the first six, and I can’t wait to find out what projects I’ll get next.
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