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 March 14, 2016

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Meet Lydia Saunders, a Human Factors engineer who graduated from Loughborough University, and has embarked on a graduate programme in Transport at Thales.

“In my first yeat at Thales, I've achieved so much more than I ever thought I would"

Designing advanced technologies

For the past year I’ve been working on the Human Machine Interface Design for a railway communication system. This system will be fitted on each workstation in the new control room for the 4 Lines Modernisation programme (previously called the Sub Surface Railway). My job is to work with our software team to ensure that the designs we create can be implemented, while also meeting customer and end user requirements.

Continuous learning

One thing I’ve discovered at Thales is that you never stop learning. This doesn’t just apply to me, but to people with much more experience than me too. Technology and methodology are constantly evolving. To keep up with them, you always need to be putting new ideas out there - even if you aren’t 100% sure about them – because you never know what solutions those ideas will lead to.

Out and about

It’s great working at Thales, especially as I’m not the kind of person who wants to be stuck behind a desk all day. I get to travel to lots of different sites, control rooms and depots around London. For me, spending time in the environments my products are used in is the best way to learn about the requirements of my work.

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