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Liam McCaul, R&D Engineer
Liam McCaul is an R&D Engineer. His daily job activities include carrying out research to develop new ways to make products more energy efficient, more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Product Development.
Physics, Chemistry and French. I also studied German in college. It is good to have another language regardless of what it is. Anything to do with Engineering, I would highly suggest Maths and Physics.
A degree in Electronic Engineering and Product Development.
The physics and maths for me made life a lot easier in college, which had a knock on effect for my job path. To be able to take a plan from nothing, think it out, build it and run it, is a great feeling. To be able to look at it from all angles, i.e. can I break this if it’s working? What would happen if I change this part, etc.
I would like to develop more into software programming and networking to further enhance my skills.