Five minutes with: Jayne English, Device Development Engineer at PragmatIC

A key focus area for NRG is supporting the continued growth of North East manufacturing and engineering, raising the profile of career pathways into these sectors, and positioning them as a ‘career of choice’ in order to attract a gender-balanced future workforce.

We hope to add real value by sharing positive career stories that provide insight and inspiration for those who have perhaps not considered these sectors as an option.

PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Their unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) that are thinner than a human hair and can be easily embedded into everyday objects.

The first in our short series of career insight stories is with Jayne English who is Device Development Engineer at PragmatIC’s brand new production facility in NETPark, Sedgefield.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career journey so far?
I’m originally from Sunderland and have lived in the North East my entire life. I’ve always been interested in science and remember having different science kits when I was younger and I played with them for hours. I think that’s probably how I’ve ended up in this career.

I completed a Masters in Chemistry at Newcastle University and graduated in June 2018. I have been working at PragmatIC for the past 14 months. While I’ve been at PragmatIC, I’ve worked on a couple of external projects with both institutes and universities, whilst also being involved in some internal projects. It is a very varied job what with the different projects, and it is quite fast-paced which keeps it interesting.

What was it that made you pursue a career in engineering?
I thought this could be a good opportunity to try something a little different and work in a very different field. This role meant I could use skills I had gained from education and try and apply them in a new and interesting way. I think some of the analytical skills I’ve learnt from my degree have really helped in this job when dealing with large amounts of data from various analytical techniques.

Who has provided your biggest source of inspiration in your career making decisions?
I am very fortunate to have family and friends who are very supportive and encouraging to try new things. My family have always been very encouraging that I can do anything I set my mind to and I think that’s been a really big help when things are a little tough. I’m really grateful to be surrounded by a lot of positive support as it has a really big impact on your own mindset.

What is the best thing about living and working in the North East?
I absolutely love living in the North East because it is such a friendly place to be and has a great balance of both cities and countryside. There are lots of new and interesting opportunities in the area which is having a really positive impact.