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"I don't know of many other places that can boast such variety. The opportunities are endless."
I began my career in QinetiQ Training in August 2013, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with an MSci in Mathematical Physics. Since joining QinetiQ, I have been involved in a vast array of projects across the land, air and maritime domain. My main aim has been to enhance real life training by integrating virtual environments and simulation components into live training exercises. I have worked on technology ranging from cost effective desktop simulators to high fidelity cockpits. This has involved many stages of the Engineering Lifecycle; from designing and building systems to installing and delivering capabilities.
From the outset of my career, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in deployments to Kenya and Canada to support British Army training exercises. Here, I am responsible for flying synthetic UAVs using Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) computing equipment. A good portion of my time is spent customer facing and liaising with all levels and disciplines of military personnel. The 4x4 off-road driving course I was sent on to learn how to tackle the rugged Kenyan terrain was a fantastic experience.
I have also been deployed to the Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC) at RAF Waddington to support Royal Air Force training. Here, I get to test and operate flight simulators to prepare them for distributed training exercises involving countries as far afield as the US, Canada and Australia. I have more recently become involved in the Close Range Weapons Training (CRWT) facility at HMS Collingwood to support Royal Navy training. I help to provide individual and collective training for ship-borne gunners, combining virtual battlespace scenarios and laser-based training weapons.
When not on deployment, I have been given the opportunity to be part of customer demonstrations in our Training Innovations Facility, along with research trials conducted by DSTL. I relish working on all types of projects thanks to the variety of work they employ. I enjoy the diversity of working environments, but most of all, I enjoy the company of the people I work with; the knowledge and experience that my colleagues impart provides me with a great learning opportunity each and every day. My current involvement in the Self-Development Programme will now give me the opportunity to explore even more of the wide range of work that we do and the challenges we face across all QinetiQ sites. I don't know of many other places that can boast such variety. The opportunities are endless.