How to become an engineer…straight from school – An overview for STEM learners
Alisdair Bowie – Senior Software and Controls Engineer, joined HORIBA MIRA in 2011 after achieving a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Alongside his role in Software and Controls where he primarily develops control software for hybrid and electric vehicles, Alisdair is working to inspire children through his work as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. As a STEM Ambassador Alisdair volunteers his time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life for young people. Here, Alisdair shares the story about how one of his colleagues, Matt Aldous, became an engineer after leaving school.
Since joining HORIBA MIRA, Matt has worked on a number of different projects including hybrid electric bin lorries, rapid intervention military vehicles and battery construction. Highlights include a 10-day trip to Abu Dhabi (with about 30 mins warning!) to support a customer vehicle in over 50oC heat, building three high voltage battery packs and a trip to India to support an electric bus project. In his time at HORIBA MIRA, Matt has risen from Engineering Technician to his current role as Project Engineer in the Electrical Engineering team.