People of Paxton
Steve O’Rourke, Hardware Test Engineer
4th August 2021 – Brighton
In this month’s edition of People of Paxton, we spoke to Steve O’Rourke, our Hardware Test Engineer, about his journey at Paxton and his experiences prior to joining the team.
Steve has now worked with us for over 14 years, and it is fair to say he has seen a lot of changes at Paxton throughout his time: “I started off as a Production Supervisor when the factory was still located at Paxton House, our Brighton Head Office, and we only had around 50 people working across all departments! Now we have over 300 employees across the world.”
Stephen helped to facilitate the transition of the factory from Paxton House, to what is now the dedicated manufacturing facility at Brampton Road in Eastbourne: “After the move, it soon became clear that we needed a communicator between the two sites, I then took on the role as Production Technician, liaising between our Development and Operations teams.”
Prior to joining Paxton, Steve served in the Royal Air Force for six years as an engineer. Now, as a Hardware Test Engineer, he plays a vital role in ensuring our products are manufactured to the highest standard: “I carry out a range of functionality and environmental testing on our products, ensuring the quality and reliability of any hardware we distribute.
“This role involves testing throughout the development cycle of new products prior to the customer release, as well as product investigations and improvements for our existing portfolio.”
When asked what he enjoys most about working for Paxton, Steve explained: “It is definitely the people. Everybody is enthusiastic and dedicated, and this reflects in the products and systems we sell. Plus, I really do love testing our products!”
When he is not in the Paxton Test Facility making sure Paxton’s products are the best they can be, Stephen loves nothing more than socialising with his friends and family: “I enjoy cooking, especially BBQs, and I love to keep fit and explore new places!”
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