PEME Reliability Engineer, Laurie-ann Smith, has recently completed a Masters degree in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management. This is an important field as it is estimated that 10% of annual typical Plant cost is spent maintaining the assets.
Maintenance costs influence competitiveness and this allows maintenance specialists like PEME to make major impacts on our client’s bottom line.
Laurie-ann joined PEME in 2008 where she completed an advanced mechanical engineering Apprenticeship. She has subsequently been trained in Reliability Improvement techniques and has been involved in Maintenance Improvement Projects at PEME client sites including a dairy, engine re-manufacturer, specialist metal producer, Tier 1 automotive manufacturer, confectioner and a brewery.
Currently Laurie-ann is employed in a Maintenance Planning role where she supports production and engineering managers and maintenance engineers, who she works alongside, to ensure maintenance tasking is conducted and is the ‘central link’ between the engineering, maintenance and production planning functions.
She was previously one of the appointed board members on the IET’s Membership and Professional Development (MPD) Board, acting as the EngTech representative. In 2011 Laurie-ann was awarded the IET’s Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices and in 2014 she was presented with the Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) NxtGen Award.
Laurie-ann has completed her Masters course part time over a 3-year period, at the University of Manchester and chose Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action Systems (FRACAS) as her dissertation topic.
FRACAS is a system that is used to report failures and track the corrective actions to ensure developing failures are dealt with before a breakdown occurs. This contributes to reliability and productivity improvement. Laurie-ann’s work on her MSc dissertation has inspired the introduction of a PEME FRACAS used on our Asset Care contracts.
Laurie-ann is pictured here being presented with her Certificate from PEME Associate Director, Stef Smith who leads the PEME Reliability function. Stef said “PEME is committed to the development of talented employees, whether it is through our apprenticeship scheme, in-house training or further tertiary education. I would like to congratulate Laurie-ann on this significant achievement and look forward to continuing to utilise her acquired knowledge in our rapidly expanding Reliability department.”
In response Laurie-ann said “I am grateful to PEME for sponsoring me to obtain this qualification. It has been a lot of hard work but I couldn’t have done it without the support and mentoring provided by PEME.”