Niels Christian, Project Engineer
I started in the telecom industry as an apprentice within the field of servicing radio systems. During my apprenticeship, I realized that I really enjoyed development tasks.
After acquiring my master’s degree, I looked for a job opportunity in the telecom industry. RTX was an obvious candidate with wireless projects ranging from simple handsets to complete infrastructure solutions. The management of the projects at RTX is very similar to the group work that I knew from the university, thus the transaction from student to project engineer has been very smooth.
I started off in a large project group with four HW engineers. The project was a DECT base station with multiple handsets and the possibility for range extension by means of repeaters.
At first the learning curve was pretty steep, but I quickly got a feeling of things. At the end of the project there was no longer a need for the relatively large HW group, so I was reassigned to other projects. At that time I also did some technical support for the marketing department.
Today my main responsibilities at RTX are designing and verifying the RF part of a product. This involves many different disciplines such as schematic drawing, PCB routing and measurements of RF performance compared to the specification.
I have been part of both internal projects and customer projects. The primary technology used in the project has been DECT, although I have also used Bluetooth technology in some projects.
In many of the projects using DECT, the technology has been modified in some way in order to make a truly custom design. This is a nice challenge that requires me to think outside of the normal solution to the problem.
Morten, Project Engineer
While I was studying electronics at Aalborg University, I worked a lot with embedded systems and communication systems which I found very interesting. About the time I finished my studies, RTX announced a position as DECT protocol specialist, and suddently I found myself with a job as a part of the protocol software group.
Being fresh from the university was actually an advantage, since the position was quite specialized and required training regardless of my background. I feel that it contributes to a dynamic work environment with people at all stages in their careers.
My first project was very simple - make a registration process for two wireless devices by pressing a button on each device. Even though it was simple, it took some time to get used to the new tools and the RTX software platform. Beyond that, it was a good way to get to know some of my colleagues. When this task ended, I was given a new task of my own: Modify an existing phone to work as an RF monitor for internal purposes. This task gave an even better understanding of the different parts of the software platform, since I had to do all the software myself, from user interface to protocol modification.
I like the very informal attitude at RTX where you can always ask a colleague for help or just ask some of the "stupid" questions that arise when you start in a new job. Furthermore, RTX is a company which covers all parts of the development process, so it is a great chance to get a feeling of other fields and work with people who have a different background than one's own.