First name: Rob

Location: Worcester, England, UK

Title: AFC Senior Engineer

Employee since: 2005

What is a typical day for you as an engineer?

Developing the product, either a new variant or improving the design for manufacture, is always an interesting challenge. Then taking these ideas to manufacture and subsequently into a field trial exercise has allowed for a rounded appreciation of the process from concept to implementation. My time spent in a field support role allowed me to get first-hand accounts of machine performance, customer perception, and an enhanced understanding of the various operational and environmental challenges the mines face.

What do you like most about your work?

The creativity, innovation and opportunity to approach challenges in a manner of way and doing this as part of a multi-disciplinary team. I find this integration of cross-functional specialties really interesting as you quickly develop your understanding of opportunities, constraints, and up- and down-stream requirements.

What is your proudest achievement at work?

Being selected for a leadership program and having the opportunity to choose which engineering function I wanted to spend my time to help develop my product and business knowledge. I chose Field Trials to gain experience introducing new products to the field and testing our equipment in its intended environment.

What is the best piece of advice you received on your path to becoming an engineer?

"Challenge preconceptions" is something I remember a first-year tutor once saying; I understood this as confronting or exploring what appears to be the accepted norm, by information-gathering and evaluation, so that you'll be able to substantiate decisions and be confident with them.

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