People Profiles: Interview with a Junior AV Programmer

Stephen Brogan

In the first of our series of profiles of our graduate and placements, meet AV engineer Stephen and find out about his career path so far! 


What was your background prior to joining Hamilton Robson?

Before Joining Hamilton Robson, I worked in the public sector as a financial analyst. I really enjoyed the experience I got there, but as my degree was In Computer Science, working from an AV company with a software division suits my talents a lot more.


What does your typical working week look like?

My working week could consist of a variety of different things. This could be working with schematics at the office – the blueprint for AV and IT infrastructure of a room at perhaps an office or a visitor attraction. Some weeks I may be traveling to customer sites that Hamilton Robson have integrated AV technology into, or working with customers to find the best solution to their problems. I have time dedicated each week to training too which means I can learn new skills and try out different things around the business in the future.


What new skills have you learned since joining Hamilton Robson?

Since I’ve started here at Hamilton Robson I’ve learned so much. I was a complete novice when it comes to AV software and integration as my skillset focused on computer science. But you quickly get the hang of things and it becomes second nature to you. One of the skills that I have really enjoyed is learning a new programming language called Lua. This is one of the main languages used in developing some of the AV Systems. I had a solid foundation in c# which helped me but I also had a supportive teacher – I was able to shadow one of my colleagues in the software engineering department and everyone at the Omagh office has been really helpful and willing to answer any of my questions along the way.

What’s your favourite thing about your working day? 

My favourite thing about the working day is the social aspect as I was working from home full time with my last job. There wasn’t much of a social aspect- whereas now working with Hamilton Robson and being based in the office there’s a lot more of a social aspect here.

Finally – share a tip for people looking to get into the AV tech industry?

One tip I would give to people to get into this industry is to take a chance and do it. I didn’t know that there was this side to the ICT industry and it’s proved to be really challenging and exciting so far, and I know my role could take me in one of many directions which is great. Always keep a lookout on the like of LinkedIn- because you never know what you could find.

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