Susan has worked at AB Dynamics for over 9 years. After studying Mechanical Design at university, she joined the company as an Engineer and has since progressed into the position of Project Manager working on the laboratory testing products including AB Dynamics' advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator.
What made you want to become an engineer?
I decided to go into Engineering because I really enjoyed Physics at school and my teachers encouraged it. I studied Mechanical engineering in my undergraduate studies and focused on vehicle suspension within automotive engineering in my postgraduate study.
What's the best thing about working at AB Dynamics?
AB Dynamics has a really strong culture throughout the company. Whether it be manufacturing, operations or engineering, colleagues in every department will do all they can to help you meet deadlines and I really enjoy working with different people within in the company.
The office has a good atmosphere, staff are hardworking but approachable and willing to share knowledge and help each other out. If I need to learn about a new product which I'm not familiar with, the product managers are always very helpful. From the moment I joined AB Dynamics I was always given plenty of support.
What is the best part about working in Engineering?
I enjoy problem solving the most – using my knowledge and experience to diagnose a customer problem and ensure they can achieve the most from our products. We work closely with experts in different areas of automotive all around the world so I'm able to build up an extensive knowledge base about how our customers are using our products.
What's been your biggest achievement at AB Dynamics?
The management at AB Dynamics are good at placing people where their strengths are and developing these, so I've had a number of accomplishments during my time working here.
The most notable achievement would be managing the delivery of our advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator for a customer in Europe. It took a lot of planning and organisation but I received great support from each and every sector within the company and as a team effort we were able to meet customer’s tight deadlines.
Females are not widely represented in the field of engineering, has this ever caused you any challenges?
I went for a career in engineering because I enjoy it, gender wasn't an issue for me. I've never felt uncomfortable around my colleagues or customers because of my gender.
The UK is very accepting of women in engineering and opinions are changing in other countries too. The most important thing for me is to be knowledgeable and professional in my work. If you know what you're talking about there's no reason you can be criticised. You can prove to them that you can do it.