Lesley Neve, Production Controller at Rotary Power, gives us an insight into her busy day making sure work runs through the factory as it should (and everything else on top).

What inspired you to take up a career in engineering?

I was in a purchasing role for a clothing company which unfortunately closed down with full site redundancy. Out of all of the opportunities that arose from that situation engineering was the one which excited me the most. It was totally different to where I had come from. The idea of working with metal instead of fabric and drawings instead of patterns was a bit scary at first. However, you quickly realise when you come into an engineering company that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can draw from and that departments work together to find solutions. I would definitely say it’s a confidence booster as you realise your potential.

What education route did you take?

I left college at 18 with a BTEC in Business Administration. I worked in admin support roles such as sales administration and customer services before moving into purchasing. I have now finally settled into production planning, where I have been working for the last 12 years and I have no plans of moving on.

Tell me a bit about your job role? What does a normal day involve for you?

My main role as a Production Controller is to maintain the flow of work through the factory.

A normal day for me is very busy, I hardly get a chance to sit down, but I’m not complaining work seems to fly by!

I prioritise work where necessary to make sure that both our machines and our skilled workforce are being used to their optimum. I also need to make sure that the assembly and test areas have the material to be able to build our customers’ orders on time.

When issues are reported from the shop floor, I liaise with the quality and engineering teams to find resolutions. I need to report any machine breakdowns to the maintenance team to ensure any downtime is kept to a minimum.

I raise job packs for all of the staff working on machines or in assembly and test, so that they know what work they should be completing in their shift. I keep the sales team updated on any changes to build programmes that may affect their despatch dates.

Amongst all of the above I also monitor time and attendance, health and safety on the shop floor and participate in stock checks (you can see why I don’t get to sit down).

Describe what engineering is to you in three words

Engineering to me is precision, change and improvement. All of these things are constantly needed in order to be ahead of the game.

What do you love most about your job?

The fact that I am constantly learning new things. I have a lot of responsibility in the running of the factory so every day is busy and never the same!