#INWED18 – Ask An Engineer: Sam Ellis-Roberts

Sam has worked as a Quality Engineer in the Automotive and Manufacturing sectors for 20 years, and joined DSD in May 2017.

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED – 23 June annually) focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for young women, and allows us to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding women engineers. (source: http://www.inwed.org.uk)

We took the opportunity to interview Sam Ellis-Roberts, Quality, Health & Safety Manager, to find out what motivated her to start a career in engineering and her highlights working in the industry. We hope this might offer some inspiration to young people, especially young women in their final years of school, to consider the opportunities a career in engineering offers.


1. What does a Qualty, Health & Safety Engineer or Manager do?

I ensure that our procedures and processes are compliant to quality and health & safety ‘standards’ (known as ISO9001 and ISO14001) and that our people working with them understand their importance.

2. What led you to choose a career in engineering?

I chose Quality Engineering for the interesting variety that the role would offer me, everyday can be different depending where you work and the product you are developing, manufacturing or assembling.

3. What is the best part about working in engineering? 

I relish the challenge of managing new product introduction, working with the best designers, manufacturers and assemblers to ensure the product exceeds the customers expectations.

4. What is the best part about working at DSD? 

One of the best parts about DSD is working for a company that fully supports the whole Quality ethos and how it relates to our customers, suppliers and employees.

5. Can you offer any tips or advice for young people considering a career in engineering? 

The best tip I can give is that engineering is a great career to get into, its varied and interesting and you can be part of a team that creates some amazing objects for future generations.