Björn has been working for 1 year now as a Project Manager for Verhaert Consulting. Being interested in technology from a young age he studied for a master’s in Electromechanics. Bjorn started working in a production facility followed by several years as a maintenance responsible. After all those educational years he wanted to explore a job as a Project Manager to use his practical background.
What does your job as a Project Manager involve with Dana??
“As a Project Manager, I’m involved from the moment Dana intends to buy a new machine till the machine is in production. So, one day you are making plans, the next day you are drawing up layouts, and a day later you’re busy with the practical implementation of the project. Working together in a team with internal people of Dana, but also with external companies. So you get different insights to create a success story. It is also fascinating to get in touch with different tasks in the industry, etc. No two days are ever the same. That’s what I love about working as a PM.”
What’s a cool project you’ve worked on?
“The laser welding plant in Dana. This has had many far-reaching implications for Dana. From demolishing work zones to installing the machine, to adjusting positions in a Swisslog crane, to putting utilities in order from A to Z. It was also the biggest engineering challenge I have faced so far. The new laser welding installation is placed in the middle of the building. This had a lot of snags that had to be looked at very carefully and required some preparation, like:
• a large part of the production plant voltage had to be switched off to enable the electrical connection.
• a new type of gas supply with gas batteries with telemetry monitoring instead of bottles for ergonomic reasons.
• adaptation of the entire overhead crane structure.”
What’s your biggest challenge?
“A project can only be successful if the customer and all parties involved are comfortable with the solution provided. This depends on various factors such as budget, planning, lean flow, etc. It’s not easy to let the client make the final decision.”