“Working as an engineer at Culham is exciting, challenging and diverse, and it is a privilege to contribute to pioneering fusion technology. Culham is a world-class facility, but it is also a place of exceptional opportunity and learning. Right from the start, you are integrated into a variety of projects.”
MEng Mechanical Engineering (2004) and PhD Design Search and Optimization (2007)
University of Southampton
For the most part my job involves the computational design and analysis of enhancements to the MAST tokamak, and procurement and commissioning of bespoke equipment. I am also an operator of the neutral beam system on MAST, and take part in regular shifts delivering up to 5MW of heating to the MAST plasma.
Professional institutional membership:
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Previous work experience:
I completed a range of summer placements on route to starting at Culham, including working for Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and B.A.R Honda. I would strongly recommend undergraduate placements as good grounding in an engineering career, and the Culham Graduate Scheme also provides excellent opportunities for training.
Thoughts on the area:
Oxford and the surrounding country is a beautiful and historic place to live. Culham Science Centre has very good transport links to Oxford and other nearby towns.
Tom's Project Summary