• Question: what do you make in your job

    Asked by Adam sheekey to Aisling, Cara, Dino, Graham, Patrick on 8 Mar 2018.
    • Photo: Aisling Lee

      Aisling Lee answered on 8 Mar 2018:

      So project wise, I mostly design software now, so, you cant really see or touch a lot of what I make.
      When I make any prototypes I spend a lot of time on the electronics and then the mechanical aspect and housing/containers are usually very simple as that aspect of engineering is not my strong suit.
      As a student my project types and focus constantly changes, just like your classes work constantly changes. You dont focus on the same topic forever. You tackle it, understand it as best you can and move on to the next one.

      If you mean money wise. As a student… I dont make anything 😂 however, I am on a scholarship which covers my fees and some day to day expenses so I am very lucky and privileged in that way.

    • Photo: Graham Cullen

      Graham Cullen answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      I am currently designing a small data buoy that is lightweight enough to be lifted by one or two people so that you don’t need an expensive boat with cranes to put it in the water. I have to make sure that all the scientific instruments, batteries, solar panels, antenna and electronics fit into it. I also have to make sure that it doesn’t flip upside down and sink to the bottom of the sea! I am working with an electronic engineer, software engineer and a marine scientist on the project as each area impacts on the other.

      You can also read about some of the other things I have work on if you check out my profile.

    • Photo: Cara O'Brien

      Cara O'Brien answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      For my project I had to do a lot of design, I spend most of my time trying to develop a design for the robot that would allow all the parts to fit in it but also have it look good so kids would like it.