Matthew Preston – MEng (Hons) Robotics graduate

Year of graduation: 2015

Current employer: MSubs Ltd

Current job title: Robotics Engineer

Current location: Plymouth

“Studying robotics at Plymouth University gave me a vast area of knowledge and an excellent foundation to use a wide range of robotic engineering applications.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

After I graduated in 2015 the company MSubs, who are based in Plymouth, employed me as a full time robotics engineer. They decided to employ me after seeing the design and build of my final year MEng project, which was an autonomous sail boat for research purposes.

Has your career path changed since graduation?

Since graduation I have become more integrated into the company as a Robotics Engineer. I have been working full-time and been involved in many exciting, full scale industry projects in tandem with different companies.

MSubs Ltd’s Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) Kermit, seen here travelling towards the Eddystone Lighthouse for WiFi range testing.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

One of the vessels I am currently working on starts its sea trials soon, in which I personally get to take the craft out with a team and test it in the ocean.

What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

I would have liked to have had contact with MSubs Ltd a lot earlier than I did, as my current employer had expressed a need for engineers months prior to my employment. With hindsight, I could have perhaps started my employment even earlier.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Don't be afraid of what you don't know; engineering is a vast subject and is used in many different ways in the modern world, from your car to your oven. Furthermore, use the experience of your new colleagues in your field to your advantage.

MSubs Ltd’s ASV Kermit performing a hydrographic survey on Burrator Reservoir.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying robotics at Plymouth University gave me a vast area of knowledge and an excellent foundation to use a wide range of robotic engineering applications, from walking robots to assembly line arm robots.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

My favourite memory would have to be my graduation ceremony where my MEng project team and I won first prize for best embedded solution and got a special mention at the ceremony.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Plymouth University is a great place to study because there are so many resources to help you with your course. The Students’ Union was a great union to have, and joining sports clubs was easy and simple.

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