Having completed his second year on BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering, Alex Snell has taken a year out to work for Ericsson Television in Hedge End. Alex found the placement through the Media Technology programme’s industry network and Solent University’s SMPTE chapter.
Alex reports that it has been a very challenging start having built three different systems, completed training covering Ericsson’s solutions portfolio and some additional training on brand new technologies. All within his first two weeks! Alex notes “It’s been an absolute crash course in Ericsson’s processes and I’ve had so much to read. It has been a very difficult two weeks, but nothing that some Googling and commitment cannot solve!”
Alex has already created an interactive organisation tool that shows the systems and layouts within some of their test bays. This provides their engineers with easy access to configuration parameters and status monitoring in an intuitive format. Ericsson has plenty of other projects lined up for Alex, which will certainly challenge and develop him in the months to come. For the course team, it’s reassuring to know that the programme has been able to remain relevant as Alex notes:
“It’s nice to see so many ex-Solent students working [at Ericsson], there have been four that I have come across so far. One guy just left yesterday after 11 years, he graduated from Solent when it was still the Institute, but in his manager’s parting speech he mentioned that he hired him from poster day. So I’ve seen and heard lots of encouraging things! I just want to extend my thanks for teaching me so much, and being so helpful in the run up to this placement. I was really worried that I would be way out of my depth, but I feel like I’ve already accomplished a lot, and mostly off of the back of things I’ve learned at Uni.”
The course team looks forward to welcoming Alex back in September 2017 to complete his formal studies. The Media Technology programme encompasses a range of applied science degrees in the areas of audio, vision and acoustics. It works closely with a range of industry partners to create media aware technologists that are suited to contemporary job roles in exciting and expanding industries.
For more information visit: https://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/tv-film-and-media-technology?p=1