Interview with Linus Haase

Tell us a bit about yourself and your educational background?

“My name is Linus, I’m from Germany originally but have been living in Aberdeen for the last 16 years.

I have a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Aberdeen where I very much enjoyed the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) process throughout the course. I liked taking a single component and discovering what it can do, how it will survive and how I could develop it further to make it stronger and more efficient. I look forward to applying these skills to future projects at Deep Casing Tools.”

What inspired you to pursue a career in design engineering?

“From a young age I enjoyed building and fixing things. Over the years I’ve taken on numerous personal projects including an outdoor table and planter which are both, to this day, used regularly.

Because of this. I went on to study engineering at university, choosing to specialise in mechanical engineering in year 3. Whilst I enjoyed my course it was largely academic, I missed being hands on. So, I joined TAU Racing, a formula student team. This involved the design and build of a single seat race car; it was during this process that I discovered my love for design engineering.”    

Can you describe some of the first projects you’ve worked on at Deep Casing Tools?

“In my first 3 weeks with Deep Casing Tools I’ve prioritised learning the ins and outs of the company, spending time with the team and getting to know our suite of tools in more detail.  

Last week however, I started my first official project. I have been tasked with designing a tool that will help with the assembly process of our next generation TurboCaser™ tool, watch this space for more details.”

What are your aspirations for your design engineering career in the coming years?

“I should start this question with a deeper explanation of my experience at the TAU Racing society. I started as a member in year 1, then to head of department for 2 years, progressing to head of research and development in year 4 to finally becoming technical director in year 5. I found the position of technical director challenging, particularly the managing people side of it. Although I very much appreciated my experience with TAU Racing it did help me recognise that at this stage in my career, I would prefer not to manage people. I really enjoy having a project to work on, I’m looking forward to progressing with Deep Casing Tools as Design Engineer.”   

What advice would you give to new graduates aspiring to enter the field of design engineering?

“Learn and understand as much as you can about the manufacturing side of design engineering. When designing anything, it’s important to have a good understanding of how your designs are made and what limitations they may have. This makes the design process much smoother and honestly a lot less frustrating.

The other piece of advice I would give to someone who is looking to enter any sort of engineering, not just mechanical, is find some sort of hands-on project. Get as much valuable practical experience as you can because yes you learn a lot from the theory side of things, but you can learn even more with real practical experience.”