On the job …

IAAPS’ regular blog series giving a glimpse into the roles and responsibilities of our team. This time we speak to Technical Specialist Dr Tomasz Duda.

What is your role, and what does it involve?

I’m a Test Systems Technical Specialist; I primarily look after the rig control and automation systems but also manage the propulsion testbed simulator and lead the asset and data management related activities. I have been with IAAPS for just over two years now.

What attracted you to the role?

Literally everything that it offered – and that’s the beauty of it! Opportunity, challenge, state-of-the art facilities, diversity of responsibilities, but also a good work-life balance are just some of the things that immediately spring to mind.

What does a typical day for you look like?

Currently, there isn’t a typical day, so you never get bored. The ultimate goal is to prepare and set up the test facilities in a way that the customers’ needs are met and they are always happy with the standard of services that we offer and deliver. This takes an awful lot of planning in terms of hardware and software configuration, but also requires highly skilled staff. Our propulsion testbed simulator allows me to address a significant portion of these requirements.

What excites you about being part of IAAPS and the IAAPS journey?

The most exciting aspect is the fact that we are operating at what I would call the ‘centre of the action’, the highly dynamic and fast changing automotive environment with the strong desire for full electrification, but also more than ever before oriented towards the use of virtual engineering.

Do you feel working in an SME environment such as IAAPS provides specific advantages or opportunities?

Yes, definitely. In my opinion, IAAPS offers all the benefits of SMEs. We are a close-knit team; no one is just an anonymous individual as can be the case in many large organisations. People have plenty of opportunities to get to know each other, speak up and be heard. This builds confidence and allows each colleague to make a valid contribution and achieve their personal best.

The IAAPS ethos is to be collaborative and cross-disciplinary – do you see this being reflected in your work?

Collaboration and a cross-disciplinary approach are without a doubt the most important principles of IAAPS, especially if you consider the very strong ties with University of Bath academics and researchers. It is a privilege to work with such a diversity of highly respected professionals, all with their very own areas of expertise. This massively extends the business portfolio of IAAPS and provides another distinctive benefit in our offer.

What elements of your work are most important to you?

Both the professional and social aspects of the work are equally important to me. You want to be challenged/stimulated to allow you to develop your professional skills, and you also want to grab the opportunities to enjoy and cherish your friendships and family life.

What helps you to be your best at work?

Being able to develop and follow my own processes, collaboration with fellow engineers/specialists/academics, as well as the trust and support of my line manager and work colleagues are certainly key for me as they create an environment that allows individuals to thrive.

What do you most enjoy about working at IAAPS?

I really enjoy my role and responsibilities, but I also appreciate the hard work and effort that has been put in at highest executive level to create such an excellent facility. It really is a great work environment with so much more potential. We’re only just getting started.