Head of Digital Systems at Vertical Aerospace
- Engineering, Science & Technology
- Programming & Digital Connectivity
Describe your usual work environment:
Open-plan office with labs and hanger space.
Please provide a brief description of your job:
Manage an engineering team of Systems and Software engineers who design and implement the electronic systems that make our aircraft work.
What made you decide to pursue your chosen career path?
An aptitude for problem-solving and enjoying creating products that provide value to society.
What are the three key skills that are required for your job?
The key qualities required for engineering are problem-solving, being inquisitive and team working.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about your job?
The big misconception is engineers spend the majority of their time designing. There are many other aspects to the role like testing, refining and collaborating with other teams to integrate solutions together.
What advice would you give to a school student who is interested in pursuing a career similar to yours?
Do what you enjoy! If you are interested in an engineering career, then the foundations of maths and physics are important grounding to build on.
The other big recommendation I would give is to have a go at home. The maker community and resources available online for things like Raspberry Pi’s, Arduino and 3D printing are amazing for getting started, giving you a great taster for problem-solving and the sense of satisfaction you get from designing/making something and then seeing it work.
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
For us to notice that we all have more in common than we have differences and to focus our efforts on the problems we face as a civilisation rather than fighting between ourselves.