Our Graduates

 

Sean Ngo
Sean Ngo1

Sean Ngo, Weapons

Position: High Power RF Engineer

Started: September 2012

Studied: Electronic Engineering

My Role
I work in an Engineering role, specialising in High Power Radio Frequency (RF) applications. RF electromagnetic waves include what is transmitted by your phone, but typically this is less than a watt of power. High Power RF applications can include systems that transmit megawatts of power, over a million times stronger than your phone. I study the behaviour of these high power transmissions and the effects that they cause through trials work that I do on ranges, testing in specially designed anechoic chambers and through using modelling and visualisation software tools. Using these methods, I can understand how the waveforms propagate and interact with systems, allowing me to advise on how to harden and protect against these high power transmissions.

Jason Elliott
Jason Elliott

Jason Elliott, S & AS

Position: Acquisition Services Consultant

Started: September 2012

Studied: BSc Biology, MSc Business Management

My Role
Every day as an Acquisition Services consultant is different! I work in a fast paced environment where we support the MOD and wider industry in the procurement of capability.

I work with experts specialising in Cost, Risk, Project Controls, Programme Management, Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Acceptance, Operational & Business Analysis, Through Life Services, Safety & Environmental Management and Software Assurance.

Acquisition Services provides essential, independent, expert services across the entire acquisition life cycle that enables our customers to make fit for purpose, value for money acquisitions that are compliant with legal and policy requirements.

As a Graduate at QinetiQ I have been involved in a variety of interesting projects for the MOD and commercial sector clients. QinetiQ is full of opportunities; I recently spent 3 weeks providing acquisition advice to a various international customers and have the opportunity to travel internationally to provide acquisition support in the near future.

Flexibility and a willingness to think on your feet are key consulting skills, I've been lucky to have contact with high level customers from week one at QinetiQ. Our business is people focussed; we help people to solve difficult problems in often challenging circumstances. If you have the drive and tenacity to work with world leading experts on unique projects then look no further than QinetiQ.

Darren Wilson
Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson, OptaSense

Position: Graduate

Started: September 2012

Studied: Mechanical Engineering

My Role
I hit the ground running and in only my second month I was in Tbilisi, Georgia assisting with one of our installations. This was a great learning opportunity as it gave me great customer exposure as well as allowing me to further my technical skills from my degree and in-house training. Since then I have assisted and led demos in Norway and Slovakia. I have also spent 6 weeks in Dubai providing technical support to our office there and gaining valuable business development and commercial experience.

Marina Portero
Marina Portero

Marina Portero, OptaSense

Position: Graduate

Started: January 2013

Studied: Telecommunications Engineering

My Role
As an OptaSense Graduate I have the opportunity of learning and working in new things constantly which makes the graduate scheme really exciting. So far I have been involved in different projects and travelled abroad to places such as: Houston and Mexico on a business trip, Turkey where I worked in one of our pipeline installations, and Spain for a demo. The possibility of travelling is always open and it is a wonderful opportunity to get experience and motivation with each project. You will get training and all the support you need from the team!

Sam Edlin
Sam Edlin

Sam Edlin, Maritime

Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: Systems Engineering MEng at Loughborough University

My Role
I joined QinetiQ and the Maritime Graduate Scheme in September this year (2013). The scheme lasts for 18 months and is designed to give graduates a taste of the range of areas that the Maritime Division has to offer by running 6, 3-month placements in the division. These placements can range from designing platforms such as the new aircraft carrier, developing new life support systems for submarines or testing radar systems to ensure performance for warships.

I am currently on my first placement in Maritime Communications. I assist with the development and assurance of Submarine Communication Systems. This involves liaising with the MOD and Royal Navy in testing and working with other prime contractors in the development of new and existing systems.

The work I do day-to-day is varied, one day I could be testing some equipment on a submarine, the next I could be back at my office in Portsdown Technology Park working with customers for future developments.

In January I will be moving to a new area of Maritime where I will be joining the Naval Combat Systems group. I will be looking forward, beyond 2016, to ensure that QinetiQ are prepared to meet the requirements of the MOD and QinetiQ's other customers.

In addition to my work in the graduate scheme I am looking to continue my professional development and gain chartered engineer status. QinetiQ has already provided my with some great opportunities and experiences, I look forward to an exciting career!

Sean Smale
Sean Smale

Sean Smale, Maritime

Position: Maritime Graduate Development Scheme

Started: September 2013

Studied: BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Southampton

My Role
I am currently on a newly created Maritime graduate scheme with QinetiQ, which means that I undertake six, three month modules in different departments within the Maritime business to get a feel for how each one works.

I am working in the systems team at the moment as my first module, which is located at the amazing Portsdown Technology Park overlooking Portsmouth.

In my current role I have been working on a radar modelling suite and have built up some very transferable computing skills in MATLAB. I have also been on trials along the south coast which involved one of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 Destroyers!

Outside the job role, we are encouraged to become STEM ambassadors and some of us have just completed a brilliant media skills workshop with Fun Kids radio. During this, I was interviewed by one of the presenters and had to go on camera with an educational demonstration for the kids.

My first two months here have been brilliant and I have found it inspiring to work with the brightest minds in industry. For me, QinetiQ's people and work ethic are what make it such a fantastic place to work.

Becky Thomas
Becky Thomas

Becky Thomas, Maritime

Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: Mechanical Engineering BEng at University of Southampton

My Role
I joined QinetiQ's new Maritime Graduate Scheme in September 2013. The scheme lasts for approximately 18 months and consists of 6, 3 month long modules, each taking place in a different area of the Maritime division. Already I have found the range of Maritime projects astonishing; from working on major contracts with the MOD designing new ships and submarines to cutting edge research, Maritime really does it all!

I am currently working in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) team, part of the Platforms business stream. I have worked on a wide range of projects and helped conduct model tests in the ocean basin. My days have been really varied and enjoyable and I have learnt a lot in the short time I have been here. In January I will move onto Stealth Information and Range Services (SIRS) where I will be working to support the Royal Navy, helping vessels to reduce their magnetic signatures.

In addition to my work on the graduate scheme I have also had the opportunity to get involved with activities as a STEM ambassador. QinetiQ run an annual powerboat competition for teams of school children in the Ocean Basin at Haslar and I have taken on the organisation of this event. It's a daunting prospect but one I am very excited about and I really appreciate the chance to take responsibility for such a great event.

One of the best things about QinetiQ is the way they really support your professional development, even paying for membership to your professional organisation! I meet regularly with my mentor and with his guidance I hope to gain Chartered status within 5 years. My first few months at QinetiQ have flown by and I've already had so many fantastic experiences, I can't wait for the rest of my career here!

Chris Preddy
Chris Preddy

Chris Preddy, Maritime

Position: Graduate, Sea Capability Management

Started: September 2013

Studied: Physics BSc at Royal Holloway University

My Role
Upon completion of my degree course, I decided to apply to QinetiQ Maritime to gain invaluable industry experience. The graduate scheme I joined will take me through 6 different modules within the business over the course of 18 months, to experience the different roles that are performed under the direction of one company. This is really exciting for me, as it means I can find where I really fit in before settling into work.

I am currently based within The Naval Combat Systems team at Portsdown Technology Park, near Portsmouth. This job involves on-going support of current systems, and integration of new technologies into ships, mainly on Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers.

A normal day for me could involve a whole variety of activities, from liaising with clients to ascertain what task they want completed, to testing new software and hardware in our Shore Integration Facility (SIF). The SIF allows us to simulate conditions in a ships command centre, to test and evaluate our work to the highest levels possible. I have recently been involved with trials on board a ship, which was a great opportunity to see how much our work is appreciated by our clients.

After Christmas, I will be moving to the Maritime Life Systems team, which will be a completely different experience and something I am really looking forward to. Alongside these modules I am also developing my professional career by applying and completing the required stages to become a chartered Physicist. I am really enjoying my time with the company and hopefully this will continue into the future.

Angus Irvine
Angus Irvine

Angus Irvine, Maritime

Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: Astrophysics (BSc), University of Edinburgh

My Role
I am part of the QinetiQ Maritime Graduate Scheme which is designed to show graduates the options and possibilities that are available to them within the Maritime Division. This involves choosing six, three-month placements within the division across a variety of vastly diverse roles that are all tailored to help train and be exciting to a new graduate. These placements range from conducting tasking on submarine performance optimisation projects to roles in sales and software development.

Life Support team which involves working on several projects that all help me to learn a different set of new and important skills. As of now, I am measuring the thermal performance of diving suit materials using a hyperbaric chamber and am in charge of creating a new procedure for this trial. I have also worked on trials involving submarine escape systems, including helping with the mathematical modelling of the performance of these systems.

The work I do here is incredibly wide-ranging but also challenging and allows me to see how my input directly affects the development of a project. The next area of Maritime that I will be moving into gives me a flavour of Naval Architecture Consultancy, where I will be contributing to the development and delivery of a consultancy project.

Alongside the modules I will be taking there are also many opportunities within QinetiQ to continue my professional and personal development by attending organised courses and workshops across the UK. I am also on my way to becoming a chartered physicist where support is offered to me via the Initial Professional Development scheme in helping to achieve my goals. All these opportunities are helping me to gain invaluable skills that will help me to manage and progress my career within QinetiQ for many years to come!

Kalyani Venkat
Kalyani Venkat

Kalyani Venkat, Project Reporting Team, Finance

Position: Assistant Management Accountant

Started:1st November 2013

Studied: Accounting and Finance

My Role
I started at QinetiQ in Feb as a Transactional Administrator in Financial Shared Services. I then got a secondment into Weapons, PRT in July as an Assistant Management Accountant focusing on cost centre entries such as prepayments, accruals and journals to produce month end accounts. This included the preparation of monthly Balance Sheet review packs.

In November, I have currently joined Maritime, (PRT) permanently as an Assistant Management Accountant. (I have not fully started the role). This role revolves more around project accounting, keeping in touch with the Project Managers and looking at their project budgets. Also preparation of the various review Packs for month end.

I am currently studying my ACCA alongside working at QinetiQ.

Dominic Welman
Dominic Welman

Dominic Welman, Air

Position: Flight Physics Engineer

Started: November 2012

Studied: 1st Class (Hons) MEng & BEng in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Leeds

My Role
I joined QinetiQ in November 2012 as a Graduate Flight Physics Engineer, after graduating from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering.

Upon joining I was put on the Airbus A400M project for the first 3 months of my Graduate Scheme. This project provided an ideal basis for me to integrate myself into the company and make the transition from the theoretical work done at University to the practical work is done in a company. I also began completing my medical drills to allow me to fly, one of which involves simulating ditching an aircraft in the sea and getting a multi-seat life raft set up!

I then moved to work on the Release to Service recommendations of the Agusta Westland Wildcat. This project involved analysing the longitudinal stability of the aircraft and looking at various other aspects of its performance providing a real variety of different work. During my Wildcat placement, I took a week out to attend a course in Las Vegas on the principles and practices of flight testing which has also been a highlight of my time here!

I am currently working on the QinetiQ run trials of the Puma HC Mk2, which again involves a very different form of work as I help support the day to day trials. I have completed 2 familiarisation flights in Gazelles to date, 1 Puma flight and hope to get involved with Puma trials flying in the future.

Emily Sage
Emily Sage

Emily Sage, C4ISR

Position: Lightning II OMS (Offboard Mission Systems) Lead

Started: September 2012

Studied: Astrophysics with Mathematics

My Role
One of the key reasons I joined QinetiQ was for its diversity - I love to learn and I love to be busy and QinetiQ seemed like the perfect place for me to combine these things, with so many different projects to get my teeth into. So far, I've mostly been working on Lightning, but I try to get involved in other things whenever I get the opportunity.

I think the most impressive thing I've seen since starting here at QinetiQ are the trials themselves. I've attended three so far and they're such big events (with between 100 and 150 people of a variety of nationalities, roles and backgrounds - many military, but a lot of industry too) and the amount of work that goes into preparing the event, it's objectives and vignettes is quite amazing! I feel privileged to work with so many people who are experts in their fields and are passionate about the Lightning programme - it's an inspiration to work alongside people like this, and it makes it a lot easier for me to learn the ropes when there are so many people to ask questions of!

My days vary significantly dependent upon which phase of the trial cycle we're in. Pre-event, it's a whirlwind of phone calls and emails to the customer, participants, various colleagues across industry, the MOD and the wider programme to get software, attendance, objectives and supporting data organised, whilst putting together the trial plan and schedules. I have just finished my latest set of trials and so my typical working days for the next 4 weeks will primarily revolve around releasing the post-trial report to the customer, alongside my Cortex involvement.

The best part about working at QinetiQ is getting to help on a variety of projects - it's great to have the stability of such a big project like Lightning, but for me it's all about diversity. As a company, we do so many fascinating things and I love that about QinetiQ! In such a short space of time here so far, I feel like I've been exposed to a lot of projects and challenges - both of which I thrive on!

Andrew Tortolano
Andrew Tortolano

Andrew Tortolano, Air

Position: Aeronautical Graduate

Started: 9th September 2013

Studied: BSc Electronic Engineering + MSc Aerospace Systems

My Role
After completing a BSc in Electronic Engineering followed by an MSc in Aerospace Systems, I joined QinetiQ as a graduate Avionics and Mission Systems engineer. I've now been here for a few months and I'm already working on a very interesting project as part of the Combat Air Typhoon team, where upgrades are being tested and evaluated to increase aircraft performance and capability.

In my first week, I visited BAE Systems at Warton to observe a flight trial of one of the Typhoon aircraft to test the display of weapon information provided to the pilot. For this trial, I was in the telemetry facility where all the cockpit displays and video streams (provided by cameras on the aircraft) could be viewed in real-time. It was a great insight into the testing procedures that are carried out to ensure the safety of the Typhoon and how complex they can be.

As part of my induction training I went to the Training and Simulation Services at QinetiQ Farnborough, where I flew a Harrier GR9 and a Chinook in an integrated battle-space simulator! This showed me the kind of capabilities that QinetiQ provides to create very realistic and flexible training solutions to the MOD.

Outside of the working environment, I've attended a couple of Cortex events and enjoyed playing lunchtime football, set up as a means for staff to keep fit. Through this I've met people from all aspects of the business in a social environment. I've really enjoyed my first month with QinetiQ and have been very impressed with the amount of opportunities available to build a very successful and long career with the company.

Andrew Munro
Andrew Munro

Andrew Munro, Air

Position: Aircraft Mechanical System Engineer

Started: September 2011

Studied: Mechanical Engineering

My Role
After completing my MEng at Strathclyde University two years ago, I joined QinetiQ as a Mechanical Systems Graduate and have been placed on different projects on a variety of aircraft.

I started in the Rotary Wing team assessing the Search and Rescue equipment on board RN and RAF Sea King aircraft. This involved visiting military bases and physically assessing the equipment within the aircraft, then writing a report of my findings.

Next I took a placement in the Safe Trials Design team on the Outer Hebrides Weapons Range we operate. Our team was responsible for ensuring that each trial was executed safely and within the Range Standard Operating Procedures. I witnessed a variety of missiles fired from the MoD's sea and air assets and increased my experience in some of the competencies required to gain my CEng.

My final role in the graduate scheme was in the Combat Air Tornado team. I was involved in the international Voyager A330 Air-to-Air Refuelling project and had to attend aerial trials and provide technical reports on the data collected. It provided a great insight into the demands of a large trial involving a number of assets, and experience of operating in a multicultural test team.

I've also taken advantage of the benefits of the QinetiQ graduate scheme and during the last two years I've learnt how to fly a glider aircraft, been sailing to France, and been involved in trials involving our human centrifuge machine. The strong graduate network has provided opportunities to try many new activities and meet interesting people.

I'm thoroughly enjoying my time at QinetiQ; all of these experiences have provided me with a solid foundation for my future career within the aerospace industry.

Louis Simon
Louis Simon

Louis Simon, Training & Simulation Services

Position: Network Engineering Graduate

Started: February 2013

Studied: Computer Science

My Role
I had my first placement with QinetiQ before I started University spending 9 months with the Creative Simulation team. I was involved in a vast array of projects including automating processes to reduce capability overheads. I returned to QinetiQ every summer, each time working on a different and interesting project. These included a range of fast jet simulators from a cost effective desktop simulator to high fidelity cockpit simulators. I permanently joined the Live, Virtual & Constructive team within Training & Simulation Services in early 2013. We enhance real life training by integrating virtual environments and simulation components such as fast jet, helicopter or unmanned aerial vehicle simulators. What I like most about QinetiQ is the diversity of working environments and challenges, from the standard working in the office to deploying training equipment to a tent for the army to use in live exercises - I don't know of many other places that can boast this variety.

Izzie van der Pauw
Izzie van der Pauw

Izzie van der Pauw, Procurement

Position: Graduate Buyer

Started: 2nd September 2013

Studied: Business Management

My Role
The Procurement Graduate Scheme lasts for two years, and is made up of different placements within procurement, and other business functions. I'm currently working in Indirect Procurement which is made up of FM, IT, Marketing, HR, Legal & Travel. After 6 months in Indirect I will move over to the Direct Procurement team.

My role is varied, and I split my time between supporting the team on their projects, from cyber security projects to pest control, and also been given ownership of my own project with support where required. Some projects I'm currently working on include finding a new eSourcing tool for procurement, to implementing a new cleaning contract at one of our smaller sites. I'm based at Farnborough, however I've already had the opportunity to visit 3 other QinetiQ sites for training or project work. QinetiQ have also given me the opportunity to study for my MCIPS, an internationally recognised qualification in procurement and supply, so I attend college once a week. Additionally, I have a dedicated mentor within Procurement who supports my learning and development throughout the scheme.

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