Ana Pastor Functional Safety Engineer Sevcon

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What is your role like?

As a functional safety engineer, you always need to think a bit further to spot the problems that might occur in the real world and how safety measures should be applied to mitigate hazards within your system. It is great to be involved with an exciting technology, dealing with lots of different elements and systems. Communicating the demands of ISO26262 to my colleagues and helping with the development of safety activities, leading appropriate safety analysis or verifying and validating products against safety requirements are some of my daily activities. 

It is essential to have good communication with everyone involved within a project, as well as to have a smart documentation of the processes to be followed. I try to encourage people and myself to improve in these two key things.

How did you get into manufacturing?

My first degree is in mathematics in Spain. I came to UK five years ago and went on to get a Masters in safety and reliability in Scotland, then worked as a functional safety engineer in oil and gas industry. After that I made the challenging move to the automotive industry.

I joined Sevcon two years ago, who are providing innovate electrification solutions to the automotive sector and I am heavily involved with developing the functional safety of these products.

What do you enjoy about working in manufacturing?

It is great to see the process through which raw materials are transformed into a final product, and it gives me the opportunity to work in the office and the lab.

 Most of the people I work with are men, but I do not mind. I’ve been studying with men since I started studying engineering and science in school.

What are the challenges?

I’m learning new things all the time. Every day brings a new challenge as you try to get things to work, have to read a technical paper on a new solution or get advice from those with more experience.

What advice would you have for a woman thinking of going into manufacturing?

You don’t need to be scared of engineering. Find a subject that interests you and pursue it.

It’s always good to have a different views in the office, whether it’s from different genders or different countries.

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