I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without my degree

Shaun Burns, BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate 2014

Shaun Burns graduated from the BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2014. He is now an Electronics Design Engineer and Engineering Team Leader at Fike UKbased in Cwmbran. 

Describe what you do
I work with a team of 12 engineers. My role within the team is to carry out the full electronics design of new products and maintain any changes to existing on the market products. This includes 

  • Circuit Design (Digital and Analogue)
  • Schematic Capture, Simulations, PCB layout and producing manufacturing data
  • Working closely with embedded programmers and mechanical engineers to develop new products and solve problems
  • Proto-type testing

When I am not doing the above, I work on developing new innovative ideas.

What do you enjoy most about working in design engineering? 
I love the buzz I get when I successfully solve a problem, particularly problems which have taken a lot of time, research and testing to achieve a solution! I also love working within a team of multi-skilled engineers who all work closely together in order to successfully design new products. It's a good profession to be in. The electronics/engineering industry is constantly changing at a fast pace due to technological demands. There is also a nice balance between working under pressure and relaxed working. 

What have been your most notable achievements?
My most notable achievement in my career was making the decision to start a University degree. I really wouldn’t be in the position I am today without achieving my degree

What influenced you to study an electrical engineering degree?
I had a conversation with Debra Meaden (Dragons Den Investor) who was visiting the company where I worked. I remember saying to her I was thinking about starting an engineering degree, and had been for the past couple of years, but didn’t have the confidence to make a start. She was really positive about what I wanted to achieve and told me to just go for it, so I did!

How has the qualification helped you in your career?  
I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without achieving my qualification and it builds your confidence from the day you achieve it.

What were the most valuable aspects of the electrical engineering degree?
The most valuable aspect was the wide range of course content, which gives you the opportunity to move into many different engineering industries. Also, learning to deal with the workload demanded of you on an engineering degree. It really does test you and is tough at times, but once you finish, it feels like a huge achievement.