What did you study and why?
I studied Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering.
Why? Because I loved science and I wanted to work as an engineer in order to make a contribution to the society by improving the quality of life with technical solutions.
What were you looking for in your (first) job?
After the very theoretical studies, I was looking for a job with a big industrial and technical side in order to put the theory into practice. In addition it is important to me to have a job with variation, challenge and where I can continue to learn and evolve.
What was your first impression of Asco as employer and how did things go during your first few weeks/months?
The very first impression was that Asco was a company with a no-nonsense culture, with respectful and helpful colleagues and very few women (although we are increasing the past years!).
At Asco the learning process is mainly on the job training, which wasn’t always easy as this was a big difference with the studies where you can always find the solution in a manual. But on the job training is much more interesting than learning from a manual.
During the first months I also had opportunities to travel with Asco, which was very enriching.
What is the exact content of your job and how do you see yourself evolving in Asco?
Today I’m working as bidding engineer on new bids. This means that, together with the specialists, we analyze a possible new part and estimate the manufacturing and assembly process at Asco (RC, NRC, investments, planning, assumptions and risks). This is the technical basis for the price estimation of a new part. I also establish bidding databases with technical performance data in order to use this as a reference in bids.
The good thing about evolving in Asco is that you can evolve in all possible directions, whether it is technical, commercial or management. I’m still open for different directions to take the next step but for now I want to continue learning in my job in order to take all this experience with me in the future.
Can you briefly explain the operation of your department?
I work in the Industrial Development department. This department is responsible for the industrialization of new parts or re-engineering of parts until the process is stable and can be transferred to production. This department consists of manufacturing engineers (machining and assembly), process engineers, fixture designers, CAM engineers, IQA engineers and project leaders.
Why is Asco the right choice for you?
I like working at Asco because of the opportunities to evolve and the good atmosphere between the colleagues. At Asco I have the opportunity to have an interesting and challenging job together with a very good work life balance.