At the heart of the Electronics design center, our engineers and technicians design the circuit boards of tomorrow, test the latest industrial processes, start new trends and innovate, helping us to continuously meet our customers' demands. Among them is Jean-Baptiste, a hardware developer at the design center based in Cesson, near Rennes in France. Let's get to know him better!
When I was very young, I was already fascinated by electronics! After completing my baccalaureate in Industrial Science and Technology, I went on to study a degree at the ESEO electronics school (Ecole Supérieure Electronique de l’Ouest) based in Angers. I chose the on-board electronics sector, and took an additional course in connected objects. During my course, I did my first internship and then completed a work-study programme at LACROIX Electronics design center. It was a very enriching experience. After graduating in 2016, I was then hired on a fixed-term contract and I am now on a permanent contract.
As a hardware developer, I carry out design projects for circuit boards for our customers operating in the industrial, automotive, civil and defence avionics, home automation and medical sectors.
My role is to develop electronic assemblies so that the final product complies with both the customer’s specifications and the industrial requirements of LACROIX, and can therefore be industrialised.
More concretely, I work on hardware features that are built into a product with mechanical, software and qualification interfaces. I am involved in each stage of product design: from creating the initial hardware architecture (choice of electronic components and functions) to design (development of features), up to product testing and validation.
Working as part of a team! In my day-to-day work, I collaborate with both project managers and engineers. For me, it is one of the few technical professions where you are in contact with people from so many different backgrounds.
I also like the variety of projects. In my 4 years here, I have had the opportunity to work on aeronautical products (a remote control on business class seats with a capacitive touch switch), home automation (a professional lamp with smart functions), industrial products (industrial automation for water network telemetry and SCADA) and even automotive products. For each project, the complexity of the product varies, as do customer constraints and functional and aesthetic challenges. The specificities of our production sites and markets also offer a wide range of possibilities for developing different products. I am therefore required to work on very varied technologies and industrial sectors. That’s what makes the job challenging!
From a developer’s point of view, it is a real added value to work in a company that has both a design center and production sites.
This makes it possible for us to know precisely which technical constraints are present in the factory and to therefore anticipate how to design a product so that it can be industrialised on our production chains. I can easily get in touch with my colleagues at the French, German, Polish and Tunisian sites to obtain information on the operation of the means of production, the industrial processes to be followed or the specificities concerning testing, prototyping and purchasing. I’m always learning something new!
… Join the adventure!
2015 - Joined the Electronics activity of LACROIX as a work/study student
2016 - Hardware developer