Mark Harris, Cohort 2018
Tinsley Bridge for the second half of my internship last year, and this placement was rather different from my previous placement at Professional Energy Purchasing in many ways, but still had many similarities. Energy efficiency and turning to green sources of power are very hot topics nowadays, and my time at Tinsley Bridge was focussed on making the factory more efficient.
The previous position was more about marketing and promoting the company externally whereas at Tinsley Bridge, my work was more about improving efficiencies internally. I worked with SELA industry partner Alex Kelly in the IT department. The placement came about after asking Head of SELA Gary Wood for help with securing a placement - if you’re struggling to find a placement, Gary is the man to talk to, trust me! The idea of working at Tinsley Bridge really caught my interest, so Gary connected me with Alex.
The first project I was assigned involved a lot of electronics and programming. Fortunately, I have become pretty handy with a soldering iron over the years, through the university and from fixing scalextric cars when I was a lot younger. This skill proved very useful, but my coding skills were really lacking. However, thanks to Alex’s patience and experience he guided me through the programming language’s syntax (C++) and I managed to produce my first project at Tinsley Bridge. This project was a thermocouple used to monitor the quench tanks, which would also relay information back to a central server for reporting live on the factory shop floor. All of this is part of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is something that is becoming bigger and bigger in the industry, IoT is a big part of what experts term the 4th Industrial Revolution.
This placement has taught me some valuable skills, which I hope to take forward into my next placement and onward into my future career.