Clint left school following A levels to work for Oxford Instruments as a trainee NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Magnet Test Engineer. He progressed to the position of Senior Engineer, running two test facilities for 14.1 Tesla NMR systems. In 1994 he was promoted to the position of Technical Marketing Engineer with responsibilities for customer site planning and designing iron passive shielding solutions. Whilst continuing with his responsibility for site planning and shielding designs, Clint took on various roles in account management and product management. Clint left Oxford Instruments in 2006 to work for Varian Inc., as a Project Planning Manager, tracking the production of all high field NMR and MRI systems through production, identifying resource loading, output and revenue generation issues. In 2007 he was promoted to Test Laboratory Manager, running a department of 25 engineers and technicians, managing a large capital budget and planning production/ output. In 2011, he was appointed MRI & OEM Production and Test Manager, with responsibility for building and Testing all MRI systems, for both end-user and OEM customers. During his career he studied for a BSc with the Open University and in 2012 was awarded his BSc and plans to compete to honours in 2013.
Clint tells us about his journey through registration
Why did you choose to go for registration?
I chose to become registered because I believe it provides professional recognition for someone like me, who has significant experience working in a scientific and higher technical position. Professional status helps to differentiate you from your peers and of course, within the broader job market.
What do you see as the benefits of registration?
The competencies required to achieve this are quite stringent and thus the personal and professional qualities necessary are very transferrable between employers. I also felt that once I have completed my honours and perhaps further study, and in parallel with on-going CPD, it would almost certainly assist in achieving the Chartered Scientist registration.
What are your key skills and responsibilities?
My key skill areas are Project, Production and Product management and I have many years of experience performing these roles. However, I also consider myself to be a pragmatic, logical thinker, very scientifically minded and perhaps above all, extremely well organised. I have no doubt that whilst my various professional roles over the years have assisted in developing these skills, studying for my degree has particularly reinforced my ability to delineate complex problems and work in an ordered, logical manner. My key responsibilities today are:
- Managing the MRI and OEM magnet production facility, with 50 reports, from coil winding through to test.
- Capacity planning, manufacturing schedules, revenue forecasting and revenue delivery.
- Ensuring manufacturing process times are adhered to through the synchronisation of resource.
- Leader of a number of initiatives to improve efficiency, drive down costs and shorten process times.
- Implementing and maintaining measureable key performance indicators across all productions areas.
- Responsible for production and test departmental adherence to our ISO9001:2008 quality system.
- Currently managing a large project, the aim of which is to assess the potential purchase and installation of a helium liquefaction system on-site. Leading the design process to provide a final configuration.
- The selection of all new staff members through a rigorous interview and a bespoke written test covering electrical theory, mathematics and physics.
What sort of CPD activities you undertake and why?
One of the fundamental aims of my CPD is to convert my ordinary Open B.Sc. degree to an honours degree, via the completion of a final course in 2013, U316 The Environmental Web. I actually really enjoy studying, so this is something I am looking forward to. Once my degree in completed, I will consider a part time MSc or perhaps PhD with the OU. Clearly it’s also important that my CPD is directly relevant to my day job and so I intend to carry my helium liquefaction project forward to a satisfactory conclusion. This will involve sitting on an advisory committee for The Diamond Light Source and imparting knowledge and experience with respect to the use of liquid helium and collection of processed gas. Ultimately, the success of this project will benefit Agilent Technologies with access to significant liquefaction capacity in a nearby location. I also intend to carry out my own research into helium liquefaction technologies and alternative cooling methodologies, because helium is a finite resource and pricing has become a serious issue. Through my studies with the Open University, I have become very aware of the importance of sustainable design and sustainable development. I have already executed a number of sustainable design elements into our helium recovery system, of which this is one of the final components. Finally, I intend to mentor a new employee who will be responsible for the calibration of our test equipment, again this is something I enjoy and has a positive impact on our business.