This role increased to helping out around the office, and when an opportunity to assist in testing a software package emerged, Lisa transferred to the team despite having no previous engineering experience.
Over the next four years Lisa’s experience of software test engineering increased, as well as her experience of military applications and she was promoted to Test Team Lead of a maintenance system for export helicopters. This role included software and hardware engineering and allowed Lisa to develop her man-management skills.
Due to her experience, Lisa was asked to complete a four month secondment in the Midlands to work on a difficult project and to lead the test team to completion. The project was successfully delivered, and another 12 month secondment to BAE Systems Australia quickly followed. Lisa’s role in Australia was as a Systems Test Engineer for Project Wedgetail where she was responsible for completing gap analysis testing of the audio communications within the Operation Mission Simulator component which provides realistic training for the aircraft crew.
On returning to the UK, Lisa’s role expanded into a new software engineering domain - safety critical software. The Automatic Train Protection software works at an understandably high integrity level to ensure safe operation on the Victoria line on London’s underground, and Lisa led the team responsible for unit test and integration.
After taking maternity leave for a year to have her daughter, Lisa retuned to a different world again when she joined the Business Intelligence team, providing a data analytics service to the rest of the business. This service provided valuable insight into both the running of BAE Systems’ internal systems, and the performance of numerous aircraft availability contracts allowing for maximum effectiveness at the front line. In this role Lisa was involved in the majority of software engineering lifecycle phases and always ensured that correct and efficient engineering procedures are followed. Lisa took maternity leave in 2016 to have her son, but returned to engineering and is now working on a programme designed to ensure that BAE Systems is compliant with export regulation.
From a non-engineering start, Lisa has had a remarkably varied career so far; both in terms of location and the engineering skills that she has learnt.