January 26th, 2018 | Company News

A Day in the Life: Laser Development Engineer

Take a look into the daily routine of another Laser Quantum role: a Laser Development Engineer. Click here to view the PDF article or read below:

09:00 Arrive at work and grab a cup of tea before reviewing any new emails. Several key suppliers of bespoke components are based overseas and may have replied to my correspondence overnight.

09:30 Spend an hour or so at my desk reviewing laser cavity designs for a number of systems under development. In addition to commercial software, we use a range of in-house tools to model the output characteristics of early stage systems. While some development systems involve improvement of an existing Laser Quantum product, many will be completely new designs, requiring in-depth research and modelling.

11:00 Quick group meeting where we catch up on recent activities with the rest of the Devlopment team. It’s important to regularly feedback both progress and issues with colleagues, who may view a problem from a different perspective – it’s surprising how many good ideas have come out over a packet of biscuits and cup of tea.

11:30 Head to the lab to implement some of the cavity improvements from this morning’s modelling. As a Development Engineer, it’s important to verify any new designs will meet a given functional specification while also ensuring the system can be eventually produced in volume. The natural variance in components across batches or suppliers can have a large impact on the output characteristics of a laser, and here in Development we work closely with other departments on internal testing of numerous optics.

13:00 Lunch. Take advantage of the sunshine and meet up with colleagues for a run along the River Mersey. Every year, around 20 Laser Quantum employees enter the Great Manchester 10 km, and a regular run is a good way to catch up with colleagues from other departments while keeping an eye on the competition….

14:00 Meeting with the New Product Introduction Team (NPI) to review any projects currently being handed over. At any one time there will be a number of projects progressing from Development into NPI and it’s important to be aware of any feedback which may influence systems currently under development.

15:00 Back to the lab for a couple of hours to review this morning’s data, on the basis of which I am likely to make some more minor modification to the system.

17:00 At this time, any incoming deliveries will have arrived and been allocated by the Stores team, so I’ll call over to collect any optics which I am likely to need later this week. Then, a quick tidy of the lab before heading home at 17:30.

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Read the previous “Day in the life” article here.