Senior Control Engineer

Senior Control Engineer James Cooke

Working at Instron

I have been working at Instron for almost a year and a half in the R&D department, as part of a team that designs new products. I feel that I’ve had to learn more in the last year and a half than I did in four years of university!

It’s great to work for a company that makes products that you can really be proud of. We are designing and manufacturing real cutting edge machinery on site here in the UK, something not many other companies can boast!

What does your role involve?

My role is to develop algorithms that make a machine move in a fast and controlled manner. This is based on mathematical models of the machines that we develop in our department. I am also involved with more general engineering projects, meaning my job is unpredictable, challenging and most of all, enjoyable!

How did you become a Control Engineer?

I studied four years of mechanical engineering at university, and was fortunate enough to have Instron’s head of control and analysis as my industrial mentor for my final year group project. After graduating, I secured a graduate role here at Instron.

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