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Mark Harper is a true example of progression here at Marl; back in 2010, whilst he was completing his 4 Year integrated Master of Engineering Course in Electronic Systems Engineering at Lancaster University, Mark joined the team as summer staff; which led to Mark coming to Marl full time the following July after achieving a 1st Class degree.
Starting as Graduate Engineer Mark was tasked on smaller projects to grasp the Marl procedures and processes, and a year later was promoted to Principle Design Electronics Engineer. During this time Mark successfully completed a number of larger projects, progressing further to Special Projects Design Manager and to head a small highly skilled team of multidisciplinary engineers.
Mark has a young family, so when he is away from the office Mark enjoys spending his downtime with them.
Name: Mark Harper
Hometown: Rotherham (now lives in Barrow in Furness)
Hobbies: Family, DIY, walking, computing
Time at Marl: 5 years
Favourite part of the job: Realising customer's product ideas, and ‘the first switch on’ of new, innovative, complex systems
"During my time as Principle Electronics Design Engineer I first went to Hong Kong and southern China to perform supplier audits and search for complimentary suppliers for our business, I think this helped to spark my hunger to develop my skills further by taking on larger projects; and after completing several larger projects successfully I was promoted to my current position. My particular specialities within the role are Complex Electronic System Design, Mechatronic Design, Project Management and On-time / On-budget Project Delivery.
No two days are the same in my role; I find myself project managing, designing new products, manufacturing products, fault finding, sourcing components, managing suppliers, travelling the world on supplier audits / visiting exhibitions and seeing customers, producing schematics and high density multilayer PCB designs. It's always interesting and exciting.
Recently, my team was part of the RGB installation at the Sir John Barrow Monument in Ulverston, and we are really proud to see the end result."