Stephane recently joined Stanley Robotics as an Automation Engineer. He’s in charge of programming PLCs for automated process and safety of the cabins.

OK, Let’s start by introducing yourself to our readers (Just about who you are, your career so far etc.)

I had a French Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science, so I could say that I already knew that I was going to become an engineer before going to High School. I did everything I could to become one: so after my A-level, I studied Advanced Maths & Physics in preparation classes for competitive entrance examination to French Engineering schools, then I joined the ENSIL, an Engineering School in Limoges, where I graduated in Mechatronics. I had a specialization in Mechatronics because it was a field which, at the time, led to many career paths, in particular in big industrial companies that were developing innovative systems. I had a great passion for aeronautics from the beginning, and during my years of studies I was drawn to automation and robotics which pushed me to do internships in these areas.

In the second year of the 3-year engineering curriculum, I found an internship in a startup based in London that was developing new ways of forming metal sheets using  industrial robots.

In the third year I found an internship as an engineer in automation and industrial computing at Airbus Helicopters in La Courneuve. The project consisted of developing a prototype that would automate a part of the helicopter blade manufacturing process.

After my engineering degree I was hired by Airbus Helicopters in the same field. Subsequently I worked in the industrial field as an Automation & Motion Control engineer in a company that is a manufacturer of special machines. They design automated industrial printing and converting machines for packaging.

After that I worked in the same start-up that hired me five years earlier in London. It grew and opened a branch that was developing its own software solutions for robotic simulations that allow you to communicate very quickly with several robots with no programming skills required. I worked with them on the design of a very interesting project in Wales that consisted of making a robot safety cell for education with two built-in ABB robots that would allow students to learn robotics.

I also worked in a company that manufactured special machines to print directly on objects such as bottles including perfume bottles, etc.

Why did you choose Stanley Robotics?

First of all, I have always been interested in the high-tech sector where innovation takes place. I found Stanley Robotics via a recruitment platform. What attracted me to SR is that the company is very focused on the development of an innovative and futuristic project. It is a young, dynamic and ambitious startup, and these points really matter to me. When I came for my first interview, I really liked the workplace and the warm welcome. I think the employees take pride in working for a strong identity company like Stanley.

Do you have any other hidden talents?

Since I was young, I knew that I had a lot of creativity and that I was a self-taught person. When I was  a kid I loved playing at Meccano and my creativity took form with several projects. I loved to write comics, for example, and when a computer turned up in my house, I started making cartoons. I am very drawn to music. I started  creating  songs and I still do.

Can you tell us a bit more about your role here at Stanley Robotics?

I  work as an Automation Engineer in the Parking Equipment team. I  am in charge of programming PLCs for automated process and safety of the cabins.

Finally, do you have a “funniest word”?

There are a lot of funny words, so I  would say "hurluberlu" (in french)


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