INWED21: “Every industry needs people to design stuff, make stuff, test stuff”
23 June 2021
Continuing our week-long celebration of International Women In Engineering Day (23 June)… this time we meet Vicky Moore, a Development & Test Engineer for battery technology specialist Delta Cosworth based at Silverstone Park.
Based on her own experiences, Vicky believes it important for young women – particularly those in their teens – to understand just what engineering is, as it is prevalent in industries such as food and beauty just as much as it is in tackling climate challenges.
“I’ve been an engineer for 25 years, largely in aerospace and materials research. I joined Delta Cosworth in 2018 as I wanted to put my engineering towards something with more of a ‘green’ ethos – I think that’s important for us all to work towards.
“After studying for a Pure Physics degree at Warwick, I worked 18 years in opto-electronics on aircraft, learning engineering and other broad skills from there.
“Engineering isn’t just putting things together; it’s arranging the shopping list for the product, the costs, the performance and quality – a very broad area!
“For people in their teens, I’d say that if you have a natural curiosity about the world, how things work, in organising, or simply enjoy playing with things then engineering is a fantastic career.
“Engineering can be applied to anything. Any product you use has been the result of engineering – every industry needs people to design stuff, make stuff, test stuff.”
Vicky’s day job includes lots of development and testing to help ensure the business’s complex high-powered battery systems achieve the required standards. Currently these are being applied to projects in automotive, aviation, defence and marine.
“It covers a number of aspects, from ensuring the production processes are a good yield and cost effective to the quality of the product being a sound investment for customers.
“This can range from material testing (non-destructive to CT scanning) to process analysis using infra-red camera imagery, lots of data analysis on process parameters, and instrumenting-up products for final testing.
“Primarily I work on battery design and technology. We’re always looking for a flexible solution with a good thermal management system – cooling and also sometimes warming the battery so it lasts longer in a vehicle, is safer to upgrade and ensures that we get the most out of the cells, so it is delivering high performance.
“The work can often be for an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or a government-funded project, which involves getting prototypes made and then testing them on a road or runway, or on a test rig so we can prove our concepts.
“The ultimate goal is to make a system that is flexible enough to be applied to aviation and marine just as much as in automotive.”