Cole Daley

“ You grow into the role at your host company throughout the course of the scheme. I believe working alongside the degree really develops you as a professional and this benefits the quality of your university work”.

Degree: BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Placement:  Safran Seats, Cwmbran

Cole Daley graduated with a First Class BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic degree in July 2019.  During his time on the Network75 scheme, Cole was placed with Safran Seats GB in Cwmbran (formerly Zodiac Aerospace/Contour),  who specialise in the manufacture of business and first-class aircraft seats.  During his final year of the Network75 scheme Cole worked alongside one of his Lecturers Leshan on a project to make Pepper, the University of South Wales School of Engineerings’ Robot bilingual. 

“I had undertaken modules taught by Leshan as part of my degree and wanted to work with him for my Final year project.  Leshan had a number of projects for me to choose from but the chance to work on the Robot seemed like a great opportunity.  I am also a fluent Welsh speaker so this was obviously an advantage to achieving the project aims”.

 “The initial goal of the project was to demonstrate how Pepper could be used for a range of situations; from taking care of the elderly to helping young children receiving speech therapy. This was further developed with the aim of enabling Pepper to speak Welsh.  Pepper did not have the language capability previously so we had to try and recode and manipulate the English language software to produce Welsh dialogue.

There were a number of stages for the project;

  • Research into the history of robotics, and how they could be used to solve modern day problems.
  • Learning the new programming language and development environment
  • Creating Applications to demonstrate the abilities
  • Testing and re work of each application
  • Demonstrations to Project Leader
  • Final Presentation
  • Showcasing Pepper at the Urdd Eisteddfod

 The benefits the project will have going forward in terms of its adaptability are wide ranging; a few examples include:

  • Caring for the elderly by providing medication reminders, guides on how to do things, enabling them to contact relatives, reading the news aloud for those with eyesight problems.
  • Speech therapy, a lot of young people with speech impediments will feel too embarrassed to see a speech therapist, but practicing with a robot would greatly increase their confidence".

Prior to graduating Cole accepted employment with his Host Company Safran as an Electrical Certification Engineer.  

Cole’s role involves him managing and delivering electrical certification programmes.  His duties include:

  • coordinating with Regulatory Agencies such as EASA, FAA, Boeing, Airbus and various Integrators to certify the electrical components installed in their aircraft seats.
  • compiling and reviewing certification drawings and documents
  • preparation, generation and reviews of test and analysis plans, reports, System Safety Analysis Documents, FMEA Documents and Grounding and Bonding Documents, etc.
  • compiling component hardware and software specifications for suppliers.
  • Analysing and overseeing Electrical Certification requirements, e.g. EMC /EMI testing (Electrical Systems)
  • Completion of Design Verification Testing which is required on FAI seats
  • Preparing and conducting development and certification testing for customer and regulatory approval
  • Liaise with Electrical equipment suppliers to obtain specifications and their data to support the program
  • I also mentor apprentices and Network75 Engineering trainees