Developing the engineers of the future
This year’s Optimax interns, Dan Beaulieu and Alex Wardle-Solano have already settled into life at our new Market Harborough HQ.
Dan is in the placement year of his 4-year BSc in Motor Sport Technology at Oxford Brookes University. He has been working closely with Optimax Senior Engineer Matt, on a range of projects, and has already gained UKAS operator status for profile projector calibration. Dan reflected on how lucky he was to find a placement in a very competitive market: “Not everyone on the course was able to get a placement. Working at Optimax lets me experience a wide range of activities and use some very impressive equipment. I believe that my time at Optimax will give me a real advantage when I seek a fulltime position at the end of my degree.” Matt has been really impressed with Dan’s aptitude and knowledge and is looking forward to working with him throughout the year.
Alex is using his GAP year to further his interest in engineering before starting university. With the aim of trying out as many things as possible, Alex has been learning about business administration and marketing as well as gaining technical engineering skills. Under the mentorship of Optimax Technical Engineer Jeremy, Alex has been working on software and learning how to calibrate profile projectors. Jeremy has been impressed with how Alex has taken to the challenges he has been set, “Alex has demonstrated a high level of competency over our advanced applications and is quick to acquire new skills and expand his knowledge base. He’s fitting in nicely and we look forward to helping him start his engineering career.”
You may have spotted Alex and Dan at our recent exhibitions where they have been using their newfound skills to demonstrate equipment to our visitors. They both agree that the most exciting part of their internship is meeting the diverse range of Optimax clients.
Our 2016 interns have already become an invaluable part of the team and Pete Clements reflected on the importance of the programme:
“Recruiting the best talent is an ongoing challenge for smaller SME’s in a competitive job market. High technology sectors suffer particularly from a lack of people investment at the grassroots. Smaller SME’s have a critical role to play in encouraging young people into the sector and providing an insight into the fascinating world of dimensional metrology. From the company’s perspective, interns and gap year students bring fresh ideas and less conventional thought patterns to existing roles and processes, challenging accepted methods. We love having fresh minds in the building, their energy and enthusiasm is contagious.”
A French Metrology degree student from Caen University, who will be assisting Optimax on a specific customer project, will soon join Dan and Alex on the intern programme.