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Steven Carter

"To be associated with the IET is valuable as it is a globally recognised institution within the engineering, technology profession with interests in a diverse array of subjects. The IET offers networking opportunities, within the various Technical Professional Networks (TPNs), Local Networks (LNs) and fellow IET members around the world. The IET also supports your long term development of your career and achieving professionally recognised Chartered Engineer (CEng) status."

Steven Carter

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Steven has recently begun a new stage in his career, taking a job at Rolls-Royce as a lead automation engineer. His work has always revolved around the manufacturing sector, specifically the area of robotics automation for the automotive industry, but in recent years he has had the opportunity to work on aerospace projects, which has lead to his latest career move.

Career History

Steven’s engineering passion has always laid in manufacturing. During his manufacturing systems degree at Coventry University he took a placement at Michelin Tyres, working as a design/project engineer for 14 months. On completion of the degree he returned to work for them in the same role for three further years.

“It was a great experience working for a large international organisation, I got to work on a variety of projects across a number of different production facilities within the UK,” he says.

He then moved on to COMAU, part of the Fiat group, which specialises in the automation of robotics and production assembly lines for the automotive industry and beyond.

“I got to work with customers like Aston Martin and Airbus,” he says. “I worked with Jaguar Land Rover to produce the process, manufacturing technology, production assembly systems to make new vehicles - from concept design, right through to the shop floor,” he says. “It was always my dream to work on new vehicle programmes so that project was a dream come true!”

In recent years Steven has worked on some interesting development projects focusing on new car technologies and the aerospace sector. One of his most recent projects saw him working on developing a system to assemble parts of a wing structure for a new Airbus programme.

His new role at Rolls-Royce was an opportunity he couldn’t miss after his gaining more and more experience in the aerospace sector. It sees him move into a more senior position and he’s excited to get the chance to work on a number of different automation challenges.

The IET

Steven has been close to the IET since his student days when he originally joined.  He’s gained a lot from his membership: his degree was (then IEE) accredited, and his dissertation was voted best technical manufacturing paper by the organisation.

“That was a great achievement of getting national recognition for my work at the end of my studies,” he says.

Over the years he’s continued to be an active member and feels that as well as gaining a lot through networking and volunteering, he’s also made a difference to the industry by promoting science, engineering and technology.

“To be associated with the IET is valuable as it is a globally recognised institution within the engineering, technology profession with interests in a diverse array of subjects. The IET offers networking opportunities, within the various Technical Professional Networks (TPNs), Local Networks (LNs) and fellow IET members around the world. The IET also supports your long term development of your career and achieving professionally recognised Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

“It’s really interesting to be an active IET member and give something back to the profession,” he continues. “I became more actively involved a few years ago when I became chairman of the North West Midlands LN. I have found this to be a very rewarding opportunity to give something back to the profession by organising events and promoting engineering and technology to IET members, the general public and with local schools.”