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A new recruit's first six months within Motovated Design & Analysis Ltd!

When I came to Motovated in February I really didn’t know what to expect. Fresh from my degree, I entered a consultancy office where it seemed like everyone was expected to be a master at everything. I was intimidated, and I felt as though I was bound to let my clients down. How can I consult anyone when I don’t have any experience, and I’m not an expert in my field? I guess like anyone in a new job in a new field, I felt like I was thrown into the deep end – It didn’t help that the other graduate engineer, Carlos, had spent the last few years fiddling with robots in Denmark for his Master’s thesis. My qualification is a lot more “agricultural”.

After six months, what I’ve come to realise is that the Motovated office understands that no one is an expert on everything, and that the beauty of the place is that everyone here has their own unique skillset which adds to something very impressive when it’s all put together. I didn’t expect the working environment to be quite so flexible and collaborative, and I was surprised to find that even though we’re all working on different projects, it all happens as a team.

That’s not to say I’m comfortable yet – all the support in the world doesn’t make up for a lack of experience, and getting to grips with Motovated’s capability is a bit mind-bending. I came here with what I’d describe as a good student’s knowledge of Inventor which is probably a solid 1/5th of what a good industry user of the CAD package would know, but I’ve got up to speed with modelling with sheet metal, frames, piping, a lot of model and drawing automation and part management. All while learning SolidWorks and Solid Edge as well. Even learning the tools is a task, let alone the engineering.

I hear people say “A degree only shows that you’re able to learn. You’re never really going to actually use that stuff”. I don’t know about other roles at other firms, but I’m glad I paid attention in all of my engineering, math, physics and programming papers because all of it is invaluable. Design isn’t easy when every decision needs a justification. Simulation needs a lot more rigour than I expected – everything that goes in and everything that comes out needs to be verified if you want the results to mean anything, and sometimes the math gets pretty hairy.

I think the biggest lesson to learn is one that I’m still getting my head around, and that’s communication. Consultancy needs perfect communication – within our team to combine our knowledge into a whole, and with the client who often knows more about their project than we do. A design project really works when it’s treated as an open conversation between consultant and client, and I’m glad that Motovated does it well because it’s probably the most valuable lesson I’ve taken away from here so far.

Jhan's Vernon                             Design Engineer                         Jhan's Projects at Motovated have involved Architecturally designed balustrades, machinery design, FEA and drafting.  

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