Antonia-Lee Walker, 25, has joined the automotive parts manufacturer based in Teesside as technical support assistant within the New Product Introduction (NPI) department.
Prior to joining ElringKlinger (GB), Antonia worked with a number of manufacturing organisations in the region.
She studied towards a Level 3 NVQ in mechanical manufacturing engineering with TTE Technical Training Group. From there, she completed an HNC in mechanical engineering at Redcar College and an HND at Middlesbrough College – both through Teesside University.
Besides a host of other qualifications, including those in computer-aided design and first line management, Antonia has built up a portfolio of engineering experience at both an operations and technical level.
She said: “I’ve been studying ever since I left school and instead of concentrating on one area, I’ve aimed to gain academic skills and real experience across different areas. By getting involved in operations and technical engineering roles, I’ve developed a better understanding of the pressures associated with them – which I take into account in my new role.”
Antonia’s main responsibility is to provide effective technical engineering assistance and technical administration support to the NPI function of the business. Key duties include organising all pre-production build events and liaising with relevant personnel to ensure the run-at-rate activities and other pre-production readiness requirements are in place ahead of the NPI challenge audit and run-at-rate build events.
Antonia added: “It’s very much an engineering-based role, ensuring that products are handled correctly for customers and the processes are carried out in the most efficient way. I get the opportunity to engage within the different departments and liaise with our customers, to help to provide timely feedback to both internal and external parties.
“This is my first role working in a fast-paced automotive environment and ElringKlinger (GB) is a forward-thinking business so now is a good time to take what I’ve learned and apply it to a company where I can really see myself making a long-term impact.
“I think it’s important that more women pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing, and that companies recognise young females’ interest in the industry – something that I felt ElringKlinger (GB) understood.”
ElringKlinger (GB) managing director Ian Malcolm said: “Antonia is a fantastic example of a motivated young individual who has excelled in her early career to stand out from the crowd and we have high prospects for her at ElringKlinger (GB).
“We have forged strong links with the likes of Middlesbrough College and Teesside University in order to encourage more talent into the industry and we’re sure Antonia will act as an inspiration for female and young engineers alike.”