Nancy Bujold, Electrical Technician & PCB Designer
Role: Electrical Technician & PCB Designer
Academic background: Technical degree in electrical engineering (unfinished)
With Kinova since 2017
What is your role?
My job is to create the symbols and footprints for the electronic components, maintain the library, place the components and do the routing on the printed circuit (while following the state of the art in electronics). I also have to make sure that the documents for the manufacturing of the printed circuits are valid. I can also draw diagrams to make it easier for engineers.
How would you explain it to your grandmother?
I would tell her that a lot of the things around her work electronically. My job is to draw the circuits that make them work using the electrical diagram provided by an engineer.
What do you like most about your job?
The challenges, the thoroughness, and the technology.
What brought you to the field of robotics?
It is a field in which I had not yet made a lot of plans. More and more, robotics is helping many people in everyday life and it is rewarding to be part of that.
How is your role different from your other colleagues?
I have a good mastery of software like Pads and Altium, and I have an IPC certification.
Does your role exist outside of the field of robotics? If yes, is it different in our field? How?
Yes, in all areas of electronics. Whether in aeronautics, railways, or in the field of communication, each field brings its share of challenges in terms of mechanics or electronics. In robotics, for example, if you have a printed circuit that fits into a box, it will be much more difficult to place the components there since there will be mechanical restrictions between the box and the printed circuit. It may happen that the components are too tall or that one is limited to putting the components only on one side of the printed circuit.
How were your studies helpful to prepare you for your role?
My studies have provided me with a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge for the performance of my tasks as well as discipline and professionalism.
Outside of school, where did you acquire the knowledge and skills useful to your job?
On the job market with colleagues and also with some further training in schools or specialized organizations, such as standard IPC for example. There are also webinars given by the software companies which are very educational.
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