A day in the life of... Dave Sweeting, Electronic Warfare Trainer

Dave Sweeting is an Electronic Warfare trainer at MASS and has been with us for nearly 13 years. We interviewed him to find out what a typical day of an EW trainer is like…

A Day in the Life of… Dave Sweeting, Electronic Warfare trainer

What does a typical day look like?

That depends on the training calendar.

When we are delivering training I first check out the classroom to ensure all the IT and presentation equipment functions correctly. The training usually start at either 08:30 or 09:00 depending upon the customer’s requirements, and we usually greet the course members in the student lounge for a coffee.

A course usually has 5 or 6 one-hour lessons per day, with lunch and refreshment breaks. If one instructor is teaching all day, it can be quite mentally and physically exhausting. The last lesson usually includes a recap of the day’s material that forms the basis for any examinations. It’s an excellent opportunity for the training staff to gauge student understanding as English is quite often not their first language.

Its not all about ‘Theory.’  We are in unique position to enhance the theory element of training with simulation and ‘Real World’ applications, such as our own Networked Electronic Warfare Training Simulator (NEWTS) and our electronic warfare data management system THURBON®.  We also utilise 3rd party applications such as the Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE), Pulse Pro and PROCITEC’s go2 suite of tools. I find that the trainees always enjoy the practical elements of the training and find it very rewarding.

When I’m not teaching, the day can be spent preparing or updating training material, assisting in the preparation of bids or helping other areas in our Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) Group in the development of countermeasures.

Which teams or stakeholders do you usually work most with?

I work closely with teams in EWOS. 

How long have you been with MASS?

I’ve been here 13 years on 8 August.

How much travel do you do and where does it take you?

During my time at MASS I have taught in several countries, including but not limited to: Far East, Middle East and Europe, including the UK. Deployments usually last from 1 to 4 weeks, although occasionally it has been slightly longer.

What’s the best part of your job?

Seeing how much the trainees have progressed during course; thus allowing them to become valued members their organisation.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Overcoming the language problems for trainees whose first language is not English.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to someone just starting out?

Be enthusiastic and dedicated about your role.

At MASS, we currently have two EW trainer roles available with an application deadline of 28 August, to apply please visit our careers page.

Or if you have any question about the role please contact recruitment@mass.co.uk