NETPark Life with Callum Harker, Process Engineer at Filtronic
NETPark Life is a regular feature providing insight into the types of people and businesses you’ll find at NETPark, as well as what it’s like to work here in Sedgefield, County Durham from the people who know it best!
In this feature, we ask Filtronic’s Process Engineer Callum Harker about his NETPark Life.
- How long have you worked at Filtronic and what is a typical day like?
I originally joined in 2016 as a product engineer (tracking yields, production issues etc.), and moved to process engineering (programming machine, setting up processes, training operators etc.) after nearly 2 years.
- What do you like most about your job?
The variety and the learning. Each day I could be doing something different; programming a machine, identifying machine or product faults, setting up or improving an existing process, building prototype units, creating jigging, documentation, the list goes on really.
- What is the best thing about working at NETPark?
The best thing about NETPark is how beautiful the surrounding area is. It’s also in close proximity to where I live, which is a huge bonus.
- What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I do a lot of things when I’m not working, most of my time lately has been spent creating terrariums (plants in glass). But otherwise, I’m a fire performer, so I spend a great deal of time training for that.
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The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.
The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.
We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.
CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.
It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.
Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.