I am constantly developing my skills and broadening my knowledge and my areas of expertise. The tasks I am assigned here at Formula One are always demanding and have a high impact on our business and the rest of the employees, therefore the level of responsibility is quite high.
I was always fascinated by the world of Formula One. The excitement, the passion, and the commitment of the teams which constantly push the limits while trying to build the fastest car on the track make it such a unique sport. I would have never believed that I would now be working for the reigning F1 World Champions, the Red Bull Racing F1 team.
It all began during my second year at the School of Computer Science, when I was given the opportunity to spend a year in industry as part of my degree. I will never regret the moment I decided to take that opportunity. Later on, I received an email from the Careers and Placement officer promoting a job in the Information Technology department of the Red Bull Racing F1 team. I immediately thought this was my chance to make my dreams come true!
However, balancing the workload for my studies and the preparation for the job assessment was not an easy task. Thankfully, the Careers Services at the University helped me through the entire assessment phase. Nevertheless, after submitting my CV and a covering letter, I was called twice for face-to-face interviews before eventually being informed that I got the job.
My role as a High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Engineer is challenging. As a team of three Systems Administrators, we are responsible for maintaining 24/7 operation of the HPC systems including a large datacentre. In addition, we provide full support to the company’s Aerodynamics department, which is where the car is designed.
During the first couple months of my placement, I spent time adapting to the new working environment and gaining the basic knowledge required for the job. As soon as I felt confident to take on critical tasks, I was given administrator access to all key IT areas of the business and root access on the HPC systems.
My daily tasks include researching new technologies, performing administrative tasks like configuring and troubleshooting servers and client workstations, and writing and debugging scripts on Linux to automate various processes. Apart from my everyday tasks, I am involved in several high importance projects such as web developing, designing new computation and backup systems, and installing, configuring and benchmarking state-of-the-art systems.
As the time goes by, I keep on learning. I am constantly developing my skills and broadening my knowledge and my areas of expertise. The tasks which I am assigned are always demanding and they have a high impact on our business and the rest of the employees, therefore the level of responsibility is quite high.
As a motivated and hard-working student, I am making the most out this incredible placement year. My best experience so far was when I travelled to Barcelona, Spain for the pre-season testing and I had the chance to see what it is like to be a part of the race team.
Opportunities like these are given once in a lifetime.