This week ‘under the spotlight’ we are interviewing Paul Simmons, one of our engineers. For over a decade he’s been part of the highly experienced team of engineers who make up our R+D Department. A keen gardener, sketcher and general handy man Paul has answered our questions below. Enjoy.
How long have you worked at Linkam?
For 10 solid years and counting.
What’s the best part of working at Linkam?
The people and the work! It’s like an extended family. The work ethic here is excellent. People get involved in activities with each other outside of work – I think that is very valuable in a fast-paced working environment. There’s always a funny story to hear at Linkam but when it comes to the crunch, we knuckle down and get the job done.
Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam?
I studied for an HND in Aerospace Engineering before leaping out into the big wide world. I found an advert for Linkam and applied for it. Before I was working at Linkam, I was doing temp work on floor plans for the retail sector.
Why did you choose an Engineering career?
I always wanted to get to grips with the way things worked and figuring out whether there are alternative ways to do the same job. Generally speaking, there are far too many constraints in life - engineering allows me to push boundaries and explore new technologies.
What makes you passionate about science/engineering?
So much technology has progressed in the last 100 years and it really makes you wonder where we will be in the next 100. For example, it makes you appreciate issues like ‘Where will the next generation get their power from?’. There are so many more challenges and so many different ideas to overcome science and engineering problems – What’s there not to be passionate about?? From ideas and development right through to manufacture and testing there is never a dull moment in a science/engineering role.
What do your parents do?
My mother works as a receptionist in an eye hospital. My father is now an aerospace/motorsport lecturer.
How would you describe your average day at Linkam?
It’s certainly more ‘full-on’ rather than ‘average’ but it’s so rewarding being able to see the products go through all of the design, manufacturing and testing processes.
Has the company changed much since you started working here?
The company has changed a lot. The company has expanded by purchasing more buildings and employing more staff. The MD’s are very dynamic and adjust accordingly to the needs of their staff.
What are your hobbies?
Cycling, drawing/sketching, gardening, car restorations, model making.
Where do you want to be in ten years?
I would like to be living in a house, a very big house in the country (with a loving family and perhaps a dog). One day, I’d love to expand my carpentry/cabinet making skills.
And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?
My wife and I went travelling around Thailand in a mad rush to see some of the world before the reality of parenthood set upon us – We are expecting our first child in September.
We hope you are enjoying the snap-shot of the lives of the people who play a part in creating your Linkam stage.
By Caroline Feltham