Thank you to everyone for taking part.
Royal Air Force, Assystem, BAE Systems, Tharsus Vision and Monitor Coatings.
Project Development Manager
Monitor Coatings Limited.
I love engineering, Pepperoni Pizza and my Dog “Dave”!
Hi, I’m Stacey and I’m an Aersopace Engineering graduate who served as a Royal Air Force Engineering officer for 8 years. I live and work in Newcastle Upon Tyne, a stones throw away from the beach. When I’m not working I spend my time with Dave, my Cavapoo dog (he looks like a teddy bear) and Keith, my husband (not as cute). Hobby wise, I love snowboarding, surfing and travelling. I have visited over 20 different countries but would go back to Peru and Australia. I could eat a Pepperoni pizza, at any time and I love watching drama series like Line of Duty and Suits.
My role is developing coatings, I am working on the Navy’s aircraft carrier deck.
I provide Surface Engineering for extreme environments. What is Surface Engineering? I help stop engineering components from failing by making sure the surface can withstand the environment it is used in. My current project is managing the application of a coating to the Navy’s Aircraft Carriers which allows F-35B fast jets to land vertically on the ship.
My Typical Day
Listening to customers and solving their problems
I check in at the office and with the team, we discuss how coating application is going, talk and solve any problems and set the schedule for the day. Then I answer emails/telephone calls from customers. We talk about potential uses for surface engineering on their products and what solutions we could offer. I will review drawings and material types to decide on the correct Surface Engineering to offer the customer. The projects produces a lot of samples, which are used to check the coating is being applied correctly, I spend a few hours of my day checking these samples. Some days I attend engineering reviews, where we review the coatings. We might talk about the application method, the structure of the coating or trials data. I also spend a lot of time travelling to customer sites to review products and surface engineering solutions.
What I'd do with the money
An event where students meet engineers and try out engineering, like programming a robot, cool!
Host event with Tech for Life which aims to introduce people of all ages, skill-sets and backgrounds to the basics of computer programming, digital skills and STEAM, breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for all. I have helped support Tech for Life by speaking at events to encourage students to consider a STEM career. I would use the money to help support The Tech for Life objectives by sponsoring a event focusing on inspiring the next generation of engineers.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy driven engineer.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Maintaining Chinook Helicopters on Operations, so they could save peoples lives in Afghanistan.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My granddad, he was a Royal Air Force Engineer too.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, but I was not very academic.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
At the moment it is Bastille.
What's your favourite food?
Pepperoni Pizza, there is no competition.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Tell us a joke.
How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb? None. That’s a hardware issue.