We grabbed the chance to pick the brains of Tom, one of our Development Engineers on his role, how coding can be used to create petting zoos and how it makes the world go round.
What is your role?
I’m an electronics hardware/design engineer. I make and design electronic circuits that are used in Cair products.
What does a normal day look like?
A mix of designing hardware, designing test solutions for the hardware, documentation, writing some software, and negotiating with other engineers and our product designer Neil to work out good solutions to problems that we have.
When did you start to get involved with coding?
Around 8 years old. I started on a Commodore 64, then went over to a Windows 3.1 / Windows 95 PC. I was writing “proper software” around 11-12 years old and wrote my first online game (a petting zoo for reptiles, don’t ask!) around age 13 or 14.
Why is coding important to what you do?
No underestimation here, but almost nothing is possible in this modern world without code. It truly is what the world runs on. (That, and money!)
What would you like others to know about coding?
It’s like a really satisfying crossword puzzle. Solving a problem and getting a program working for the first time is enjoyable – and you get paid to do it! Not too bad, eh?