Diane Gribi - Quality Engineer - Aggreko Manufacturing

Issued: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 BST

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I love to bake and my mint aero cheesecake is always a hit in the office

Tell us about your career journey so far

I graduated from University in 1997 with BSc in Quality Management with Technology from the University of Paisley (Now University of West of Scotland).  The “Technology” part of my degree centred around the service industry, although for my entire career I have worked in Manufacturing/Engineering companies. 

I started working for Digital Equipment (Who were later bough over by Compaq and subsequently HP) and spent 1 year as the Quality Engineer responsible for Laptop’s and Spares. 

After leaving digital I moved to London and spent 7+ yrs based as Ford Motor Company’s R&D facility in Essex where I worked in the branch of quality that oversaw cross vehicle quality (I was not aligned with a specific model) and it was here that a lot of my learning occurred.  During my time I got to drive some very nice cars, some models not yet released to the public.

After returning to Scotland I spent 2 years working for Methode Electronics as a Snr Quality Engineer, again in the car sector for a company that made dashboard console switches for BMW, Porsche, Aston Martin, etc.  During my time with Methode I visited several customer and supplier sites as part of my role.

I have been in my current role with Aggreko for 13+ yrs and my job currently is very diverse.  I am a production facing Quality Engineer (Meaning I deal with all the issues that arise within the production, assembly, and test areas).  I am also involved with the launching of new products into the production environment.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

Physics – As I loved discovering the solution to problems as well as the practical/ hands on experiments

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

English, Maths and Physics.  As well as English.  My chosen degree also aligns well with role that I am in, however, there are routes into quality from other roles.

What is a normal day in your role like?

Very varied. 

I can be working on procedures and processes to improve and streamline what we do to improve overall.

I can be down in production co-ordinating investigation of an issue. Working with a cross functional team, using quality tools to investigate the root cause of an issue (why it really happened – If this single or group of items hadn’t occurred then the failure would not have been sent) and developing solutions to prevent the same thing happening again.

I spend a lot of time working and co-ordinating with various departments

What is your favourite thing about your job?

The variety and the challenges of breaking down an issue and solving the problem.

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work? 

M&M Logo Defect Identification - QualityEngineer_Activity1_M&M Logo Defect Identification Handout

Paper Plane Making Exercise - Paper plane making activity handout - PowerPoint available on request, please get in touch with us.


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