As a specialist in early stage prototypes, Joe has responsibility for the design and implementation of testing proof of principle concepts. This covers examination of the basic premise upon which a new device works through to the design and implementation of appropriate test facilities and the development of the essential test protocols. This work also includes consideration of usability and appearance – vital as the final product must embrace the combined needs and satisfy economic considerations as well.
“I’ve always been interested in how things work. As time has gone by, I have realised that the engineering is just part of the story. The ‘people bit’ has been vitally important in so many projects and as a result I seek to establish good working relationships as early as possible with clients.
I’m fascinated by technical detail and thrive on the challenges presented by working on novel technologies, both inside and outside of work. For example I have been studying the fine details of theatrical audio systems as a hobby and at work any spare time is spent understanding the ‘system approach’ to engineering.”
Joe is a mechanical engineer and career consultant. After working for Eveready and Gestetner Manufacturing as a designer, he spent nearly 20 years at PA Consulting on a wide range of bespoke projects mostly in the food and drink sector. Cost, timescale and hygiene were critical with a range of abilities, such as usability and manufacturability, following closely on. At Team he specialises in proof of principle work and design verification testing. Joe has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at City University.
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