Looking to broaden his engineering experience, Michail joined Centrax’s Graduate Scheme. Two years later, he’s enjoying a career advancing business systems at the heart of Centrax’s comprehensive customer support network.
Centrax’s story intrigued me. It’s a privately-owned company based in Devon, competing against huge multinational names like GE and Kawasaki and has strong ties with Siemens.
The programme offered real industry experience and the opportunity to work in a variety of departments. In addition, graduates were expected to travel to sites in Europe, Russia, and Africa. I was able to not only capitalise on a new set of skills but also broaden my outlook.
By working in the different departments, I met a lot of interesting people with a lifetime of experience who helped me learn a great deal about the industry. I also acquired hands-on experience working with very expensive and sophisticated equipment.
My highlight was when I first travelled to France to participate in the commissioning of a generator set and experienced the challenges engineers face every day. Problems that aren’t taught at university.
My current role, as Customer Support Analyst, involves the continuation of a data acquisition project that I worked on during the scheme. Centrax is working to connect its customer units, relating to the Internet of Things (IoT) and I’m involved in integrating the systems on to a common platform, developing algorithms and writing a code.
Upon completion of the data acquisition project, I would like to continue improving the business systems by integrating high-tech solutions including machine learning analytics.
Msc Engineering, Senior Quality Engineer
Brassington joined Centrax‘s graduate programme after completing his degree at Southampton University. As a mature student Brassington was looking for opportunities to apply his practical and theoretical knowledge to kick-start his career in engineering.
During the programme I worked in various departments within the company, including
Engineering, Quality & Design and Customer Support, gaining invaluable skills I could then adopt for future roles. The knowledge I acquired through working in varied roles/departments has helped me understand how the aspects of business within the company interplay.
The travel to far afield locations, meeting new clients and fellow engineers has been the highlight for me personally. However, I still enjoy coming into work every day because it is never the same, there is always something new to learn or a challenge to overcome.
Yes, I was offered a Quality Test Engineer position, working to ensure that the products we build comply with standards and regulations. I have also been involved in various research and development projects to advance the CX501 package.