Curriculum Vitae

Nathaniel Poate

MRes Robotics and BSc Robotics (Honours) 1st class.

      D.O.B: 28th November 1984

Address: Chippenham. Wiltshire. SN15 2RB

Email: npoate (a t) hotmail dotty com

Full clean UK driving licence

Personal Statement

With a technological mind, I am able to take the initiative when designing, building and testing products I create, with the ability to self teach subjects required for specific tasks, such as CAD and programming languages. I am committed and focused on the task given, also able to self motivate and manage tasks by myself without the need for instruction. I enjoy getting involved with heavy duty tasks and workloads. I enjoy getting stuck in to a project and developing it into a final product.


Skills and Achievements

Practical skills and application.

  • Building and entering a robot for BBC’s Robot Wars. This was televised in January 2002.
  • Active member of RepRap 3D Printer community, designing and building own printers.
  • Designed and constructed a wirelessly operated robotic arm, and a robotic entertainment platform to capture biofeedback and gesture control of the user.
  • Qualified as Level 1 City of Guilds TIG welding.
  • Building Fibreglass moulds and animatronic models using silicone and 3D printed structures.
  • Worked with Pneumatic control of various robots.
  • Working with mechatronics, servo motors, relays, and automation parts for animatronics.

Programming and problem solving.

  • Programming software and hardware including Java, C++, C, PIC Basic, FPGA Quartus V2 VHDL, PLC, PonyProg, Arduino, PicAxe and 8051 microcontrollers.
  • Knowledgeable of Solidworks, Google Sketchup and other 3D design software – self taught.
  • Industrial robotic arm control and calibration of Mitsibushi and Umi robot arms.

Circuit designing and construction.

  • Using industrial design software and equipment to design and build TH and SMT PCB’s.
  • Designing and building 2 and 4 layer motherboard and power supply PCB for use in the University of Plymouth’s humanoid bipedal robots which are now used as teaching aids.
  • Building custom projects including interfaces for digital artists.

Team working and initiative.

  • Working with lecturers and staff in various team roles and developing the bipedal robot used for teaching at the University of Plymouth, attending meetings and planning sessions.
  • Working in teams in ASDA and Sainsbury’s running the bakery and in McDonald’s as a crew member taking on a variety of roles.

Effective communication.

  • Teaching classes of 2nd year and final year undergraduate students in practical sessions on industrial robotics.
  • As a Student Ambassador, effectively promoted the University of Plymouth.
  • Attending large events including MCM Expo and Explore @Bristol to demonstrate and communicate technology and robotics to business members and the public.
  • As with my posts within the university, I am required to speak to potential applicants in a professional helpful manner, on the phone and in person.



City College Plymouth (CoG Level 1 TIG Welding) Summer 2010.

Trained to level 1 standards of TIG welding.

University of Plymouth (MRes Robotics at Merit) Sept 07-Sept 09.

Thesis based upon developing interactive robotics and sound controllers.

University of Plymouth (BSc (Hons) Robotics) 05-07 – direct entry to stage 2.

1st Class award with honours. Final year project was to develop a wirelessly operated Robotic arm for film and TV. Transferred from Portsmouth University (04-05).

Portsmouth College (A/As levels) 01-03

  • A level: Design B, Engineering Maths E, Drama C, General Studies B.
  •             AS levels: ICT D, Media Studies B, and General Studies A.

City of Portsmouth Boys’ School (GCSE)

English (Lit) A (B), Mathematics B and Science BB.


Paid Employment

Aardman Animations – Shaun the Sheep Ltd, Mechanical Engineer for Shaun the Sheep Movie. Nov. 2013 – present.

  • Mechanical, Motion Control and Robotics engineer working with Bridgeport Mill, Harrison Lathe and other equipment.
  • Designing, building, prototyping various plates for camera rigs.
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing motion control equipment for filming shoot.

Crane Merchandising Systems Ltd, Associate Mechatronic Engineer. Nov. 2011 – Oct. 2013.

  • Research and development of new technologies
  • Test new products
  • Problem solving current production part issues and quality
  • PLC, 5S, Kaisan, 5 whys.

University of Plymouth, Customer services assistant, Course Enquiries. Jan 11 Oct 2011.

  • Being the first port of call for Enquirers at the University of Plymouth.
  • Data entry into the university database concerning admission and course enquiries.

University of Plymouth, Various Customer services positions. Faculty of Arts Admissions Assistant and customer services Assistant. Feb 10 – Jan 11. Exams Moderator for degree exams.

University of Plymouth, Technical Consultant for University of Plymouth. May 07-August 07.

University of Plymouth, Teaching Assistant for Industrial Robotics. Sept. 06-May 07.

University of Plymouth, Student Ambassador. Sept. 06-Sept. 09

Sainsbury’s, Plymouth. Bakery Assistant. ASDA, Fareham. Bakery Assistant.

McDonald’s PLC, Fareham. Crew Member.


Voluntary Work Experience.

Machine Shop. Park Royal, London. Aug 10.


Hobbies and interests

I enjoy socialising, bowling, and ice skating. I am learning to surf and bodyboard. I fly radio controlled helicopters. I am an active member in the RepRap open source 3D printing community, using my equipment to develop moving animatronics. I also develop electronic circuits for hobby, commercial and custom requests, mechanical designs and puppetry / animatronics.



Available on request

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