Imran Ghoni - Energy Innovation Centre, WMG
Imran tells us about his current role, how he began working at Warwick, his previous roles and his future plans.
What does the work involve?
I have quite a varied role at WMG, working in the Energy Innovation Centre. It is a particularly busy centre with many laboratories and workshops. I work within the battery characterisation laboratory testing new generation battery cells. These tests can be ageing, drive cycle, storage and capacity. I am responsible for providing designs for test rigs and assisting in the production of that equipment, both the hardware and software. I have responsibility for providing detailed work instructions for tests that are conducted within the facility. I maintain stock of parts for the lab to ensure that timely test and characterisation work can be carried out.
I also commission and maintain the test equipment to ensure accurate, traceable and repeatable results are achieved. I review the data collected and present preliminary analysis to the academic team with whom I work.
I obviously have a responsibility for health and safety in the lab too. I ensure that the safe systems of work that we adopt are followed and that suitable risk assessments are in place for any test work being conducted. I problem solve and trouble shoot, using standard electrical diagnostic techniques on a daily basis to maintain a smooth flow of work through the lab.
When did you join Warwick?
I first worked at WMG in a contract position a year or so ago. I enjoyed the work and then re-joined WMG for the second time in October 2017 as Battery Characterisation Engineer.
What qualifications and roles did you have before this?
Prior to joining WMG, I worked in many different roles which included a Production Engineer role in the aerospace sector, CNC machinist and Battery Lab Technician. I have also taken risk assessment training, ADR dangerous goods handling and shipping, CP/SAP high voltage training as well as an AS level in Computer Science. All of these qualifications help me in my day-to-day work.
What training and development have you received at Warwick?
Since being back at WMG I have registered for, and completed, some courses such as IOSH working safely, handling of liquid nitrogen and manual handling. Health and Safety is at the centre of all of the work we do in the Energy Innovation Centre, and the training I have ensures that this remains the case.
What are your future plans?
I’m keen to develop my knowledge around energy innovation, this is something that I know will be vital in the future. I would like to pursue a degree in applied engineering if the opportunity arises, and possibly grow into a more senior role within the department.