Professional Development Case Study
Name: Simon Luck
Job Title: Head Information Services
Company: BMT Defence
Professional Body (Member of): CITP
Professional Qualifications: BSc
The diversity of projects available within the naval sector is something that really sets it apart from other industries and helps keep your work interesting and varied.
Brief summary of education, career and professional progression
I am the head of the Information Systems (IS) department at BMT Defence Services in Bath and a Chartered IT professional. I’ve always been interested in computer architecture, building PCs and I was a big gamer growing up. I started developing my experience in computing with a Saturday job at my local computer shop. I chose to study Computing Informatics at university and looked to go into web application development as I saw that this was where the future of software was headed. Whilst at university I completed a year in Industry with Ford Motor Company working on both R&D and live projects. After university I joined a small company as a Systems Analyst where I worked for a year before joining BMT and entering the naval industry. Although I have some family history in defence, I joined BMT primarily for the interesting role. Working in the IS department involves using cutting edge technology in innovative ways, and the department shapes where it works and what tools they use, which keeps the work interesting. After working for BMT for four years I became chartered with the British Computer Society (BCS). In most industries IT chartership is not important or something people strive towards, however, in the naval industry as so many other STEM careers value chartership highly it has also come to be expected for IT professionals. Additionally achieving chartership in the naval industry provides a level of credibility and also ensures a level of professionalism which is why I promote the benefits of chartership to the staff in my department.
Key projects undertaken throughout career
One of the most interesting projects I’ve worked on was developing a virtual reality, immersive training environment for the Navy. This project used the latest technology available at the time (Oculus Rift) and allowed BMT to demonstrate the value of this emerging technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.
What advantages do you feel your career path gave you?
The time I spent working at extremely large and extremely small companies before joining BMT was extremely beneficial in terms of the lessons learnt I could bring to my role at BMT. Additionally, the wide variety of projects I’ve been involved with at BMT have really helped me to quickly develop my skills and further my career.
Advice for future engineers or those interested in the industry
The diversity of Information Software projects available within the naval sector is something that really sets it apart from other industries and helps keep your work interesting and varied. The naval industry also allows you to work on extremely large, interesting projects, utilising cutting edge and varied technology. For those looking to join the industry I would recommend completing summers placements/year in industries as it makes getting a job after graduation so much easier.