wp_head(); Meet the team: Sean Ashton | Quality Engineer - DRB Group

How long have you worked at DRB?

Two years.

How has your role changed since joining the company?

Immensely in terms of trade experience. When I first started at DRB Group my initial scope of work was to perform Quality Control of products through the shop, by means of measurement with the FaroArm CMM, as well as managing calibration and resources.

Since then I have been through a 6 month ‘Emerging Managers’ course with Co-Creation. Developing personal qualities and learning how to manage others. I am currently undertaking a college-based ILM course (Institute of Leadership and Management).

My KPIs and responsibilities have also changed. I now oversee the internal auditing schedule for the company and work closely with Peter our QA and Training Manager, identifying and eliminating ‘risk’ to the business.

DRB also put me through a qualification in Internal Auditing and Quality Management Systems to enable my awareness of what the Quality Standard requires.  Alongside this, and in consultation with our QA Manager, I am now involved in implementing or improving procedures and standards for the company.

What did you do before joining DRB?

I have worked in engineering for around 8 years. I started out as a mechanical engineering apprentice, qualifying in CNC machining (Lathes & Mills).  From there, I moved into inspection, ensuring quality control of products manufactured using a CNC CMM.

What do you enjoy most about working for DRB?

I’d definitely say their emphasis on developing people.  Whilst I have been here, I’ve gained lots of management experience.

It’s a dynamic place to work and I’ve really enjoyed travelling around France supporting customers from America & France as part of my role.

I also appreciate the family-run aspect of the business. Staff at all levels of the company care! I think most importantly it is about people.

What is the best thing about your role?

Implementing improvement. Albeit challenging, having an opportunity to positively affect the business makes all the hard work worthwhile.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I previously spent 6 years as a crew member at Flint Lifeboat, which was incredibly rewarding. I also used to enjoy boxing in my spare time but ultimately getting punched in the head hurts! These days, most importantly, my spare-time is given to my 4-year-old daughter.

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