The report from the Messina Young Minds Section by Cristiano D’Andrea was released in the latest e-EPS issue here.
The report below from the Strathclyde EPS Young Minds section was written by Brynmor Jones, president of the section.
SCOPE – company visit activity report
The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow EPS and OSA student community for optics and photonics engineering organised a company visit to Thales Optronics UK in Glasgow for its members. A company visit gives members a view outside the academic world into industry to get an idea of opportunities available in the local area, and what kind of work it entails. Companies are eager to facilitate these visits with the view to attracting future employees.
In contrast to recent visits which have been to smaller companies, Thales Optronics is a division of the multinational Thales Group, working on mainly on military optics, infra-red cameras, laser range finders and designators, and stabilised optics such as submarine periscopes. Its headquarters and factory are in Glasgow and this was the destination for the visit, providing a contrast for the participants to the single facility operations visited over the previous year.
13 SCOPE graduate student members were able to participate in the visit. After a presentation introducing the Thales Group and Thales Optronics specifically, the party was split and shown the production facility and products, including demonstrations. Following that, a discussion between the SCOPE members and several of the Thales staff provided interesting insight on a career path in a large company such as Thales, and some of the challenges faced when considering extreme operating conditions, when compared to the controlled environment of a lab.
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