Faiz Rahman joins UKAEA’s graduate scheme after completing his student placementBefore Faiz was a graduate, he took part in a student placement with us at UKAEA in the very department that he works in now. After graduating he chose to return to our team, already safe in the knowledge that UKAEA was where he wanted to be.
Faiz’s biggest achievement in his career so far has been completing multiple tasks on the 18 tonne robot, TARM (Telescopic Articulated Remote Mast/Manipulator). He helped to bring it back to a working state after some complex technical issues.
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Bringing the TARM to life
This project involved Faiz and his team developing and implementing a solution for integrating sensor data from the TARM to the control system.
This project also involved bringing the TARM to life. In fact, this is one of Faiz’s key achievements in his career overall!
“I recently managed to implement all of my solutions and the system is now ready for testing and will begin shortly. The project took a year to get to this stage, which involves fixing some issues which were two years old.”
Mars Rover competition
Faiz took part in a project where he worked with a team of other graduates to build a prototype Mars Rover for a national competition. It required a collaborative approach in order to get the project from the concept stage to a working prototype.
“I was in charge of the Robot Arm section of the Rover, and we won the Innovation Award for our method of control, which we based on the MASCOT robot at UKAEA.”
“From both of these projects, I was able to learn and implement electrical and software solutions, in addition to my mechanical knowledge, to get the system working. Naturally this could only have been done alongside a very knowledgeable team who I learnt a lot from.”
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Faiz’s career so far
- Embarking on a student placement
In 2019, before he’d even graduated, Faiz worked as a placement student at UKAEA in the same department he works in now.
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- Completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering
Faiz completed his mechanical engineering degree at The University of Bristol and began applying for graduate schemes.
- Accepting the graduate role
Despite receiving offers from elsewhere, Faiz accepted this graduate role at UKAEA. He wanted to work in the specific field of robotics teleoperation and recognised UKAEA as the experts.
“Having worked here, I knew that it was where I wanted to be. I can’t emphasise enough how supportive and friendly everyone was.”
From then on, Faiz has been constantly involved in solving other problems. “I am fortunate to have been given trust and responsibility for a lot of this work.”
I’m looking forward to learning more and being able to implement the knowledge as I go along.
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