Chris Noonan

Background

I have around 25 years of systems engineering experience to bring to the classroom. 12 of those were spent working as a systems engineer within Thales on a variety of projects, including satellite communication systems, mission support systems, and process improvement.

Having worked in a variety of environments, I’ve got a wide range of experience in many different sectors and roles, from commercial through to safety critical systems, university research, software development and technically managing large complex projects. This breath of knowledge and experience allows me to train with both authority and humility. I thoroughly understand and appreciate the ideas and principles being taught, but at the same time I understand the practical day-to-day problems involved when trying to implement them.

Current role

My role involves writing, developing and delivering systems engineering training courses. But it’s more than simply delivering facts – it’s about creating a more interactive environment. I want people to use the training courses as a way of not just increasing knowledge of engineering, but also developing an understanding of why engineering is structured like it is, and the fact that it is evolving. It’s also as an opportunity to share problems and come up with common solutions. The best way to achieve this is to make the courses interactive and really bring the subject alive.

I also spend a lot of time on our Thales graduate development programmes, helping the graduates develop their engineering capabilities and shaping their future careers.

What I like about working for TLD

It’s great to be able to share the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from 25 years in engineering. I enjoy meeting people from all levels in a business and finding out about them – what they’re working on, what problems they’re facing, and so on – then helping them make things happen and seeing a positive change.

I also love the intellectual challenge involved in developing the courses, and keeping abreast of new developments in engineering.

Interests

I love motorsport, and I have done all my life – particularly the Grand Prix. I’m also training for my first half marathon, and it’s quite painful!