Rover/BMW (car manufacturer), Lombard Medical (medical devices), Renishaw (measurement devices)
MAATS Tech Ltd
I manage a team of engineers designing and developing cable and pipe handling equipment for use on Pipe Lay Vessels
Myself, and the engineers I work with, design all the equipment required to get 1000’s of tonnes of cable and pipe from the quay side onto a pipe or cable lay vessel and stored in our carousels. The carousels are rotating cylindrical steel baskets capable of holding up to 7000te of cable or pipe and are the size of an average house. In order to tightly pack / coil the million pound cable, we have designed a manipulator arm, which unlike a crane can provide force (of up to 10te) in both a vertical and horizontal direction.
Every project we have is different and our designs are constantly modified or added to. The client often requests chutes and roller paths and tensioners – often capable of pulling 30te of product – to move the product along the deck.
Our design process consists of producing concept layouts and carrying out initial analysis for quotes. Once a quote becomes an order, the concepts turn into detailed 3d models which are reanalysed before final detail is added and manufacturing drawings released to our suppliers. At each stage the design is reviewed to ensure that the requirements for function, quality, constructability and cost.
Our ultimate aim to provide not only the equipment to load the product onto a vessel but also the equipment required to lay the product kilometres under the sea bed.
My Typical Day: Design reviews, answering design queries, chasing drawings, talking to our suppliers
My typical day consists of a mixture of receiving calls or emails from our installation and commissioning teams who have questions about our design or have encountered issues which affect how our design integrates with the vessel. I attend design and development reviews of equipment designed by my team both internally and with the client to ensure that function, quality and cost targets are met. I assign work to the team based on their relevant skills and experience and work with project managers to ensure that the engineering content of their contracts – drawings, 3d models and documentation – is available on time.
Sometimes I travel to our suppliers and client’s shipyards either in the UK or overseas. This is often the best part as you get to see your designs in reality.
No day is the same.
What I'd do with the money
Donate it to the Women’s Engineering Society
I went on a careers course ran by WES at the age of sixteen, thinking that engineering wasn’t for me. How wrong I was, I loved it, I found out that what I had learnt at school really did have a practical application in the real world. I was totally inspired and wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for WES offering such courses. I know that if I win, the money will be well spent and will open up and inspire more teenagers to use their skills to make the world a better place.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Sporty, multi-tasking, determined
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Developed a medical device – an aortic stent graft – that is still saving lives today
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was a bit of a swot and always wanted to learn more
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably work in finance but it would no way be as fun
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling / Backpacking in Thailand and Brazil
Tell us a joke.
How do you hide an elephant in a cherry tree? Paint it’s toenails red!