THE JOB: RICARDO AMAROSSI, 24, IS THE DEPUTY WEAPON ENGINEER OFFICER ON HMS NORTHUMBERLAND. HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT OF THE WEAPONS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ON BOARD THE SHIP
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
There are around 30 technicians in our department – we work together to provide the captain of the ship and the war fighters with all the assistance they need. When we are on board a lot of the work involves maintenance of complex equipment, for example missiles, radars and computers. My role is to lead and manage the people in the team. Often, we are working in a hostile environment, battling the elements, and it is my responsibility to communicate tasks to the other engineers while continuing to motivate them.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED?
I was attracted to the Navy in the first place because I wanted to do an engineering job but I didn’t want to spend all of my time at a desk in front of a computer. I enjoy the teamwork that is involved in my job and I often end up leveraging other people’s skills to get something done. If there is a crisis I get a real buzz from coming up with a solution with my colleagues. And, when you go abroad there is always an element of defence diplomacy and I really enjoy representing the UK in that way.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?
You can always learn how to do the technical tasks and apply science to your job but the real challenge is dealing with people everyday.
ADVICE TO READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD
If you know you would like to join the armed forces try to get involved now. The experiences I had with the Navy during my breaks from university were invaluable and made the theoretical material I was learning at the time relevant.