Senior Data Processor at MMT
Responsibilities of the role
Maria (also known as Ia) works for MMT (Marine Measuring Techniques) a Swedish company. Her role involves surveying under the water, looking at how the sea bed looks, mapping it and recorded any objects that may be lying on it from: oil drums, to unexploded ordinances (UXOs) such as World War two bombs, to ancient shipwrecks.
Her job on the Black Sea MAP is to process the large quantities of data being provided by the surveying equipment onboard survey vessels. She corrects the data and reinterprets it in a clear-to-understand way such as 3D models of the sea floor.
What do you enjoy most about your role in the project?
It’s similar to work I do all the time but we are doing science which is really interesting!
What other types of jobs have you done in the past?
We do a lot of commercial projects such as wind farms, inspect cables that sit on the sea floor and we do a lot of charts so hydrographic surveys. We do a little bit of everything.
What did you study at school?
I went to high school in Sweden and I studied marine biology.
What did you go on to do after school?
I went to university and did my first degree in oceanography and then I did a Masters degree in physical oceanography.
What influenced you in deciding your career path?
I’ve been wanting to work with the ocean for a very long time, since I was 8 years old, but I wanted to be a marine biologist so that is what I studied. Then I studied physical oceanography and I really liked the maths and physics part of it.
What skills do you think you need to have to best do your job?
Problem solving skills are very good, because if things go wrong you may need to figure out a solution yourself. Being quite sociable is helpful as you work with a lot of people and on a boat, it is a small space to live and work together.
How does your job fit in with the other areas of study?
I’m mostly a bridge between getting the information and handing it over to the scientists. It’s getting the not ‘easy to understand data’ and converting it so it is easier to understand.
Favourite part of career so far
She loves the challenge of advancing in her career and taking on more responsibilities.