For Premin Antony, the life of an engineering manager is about setting a solid direction and structured approach while constantly learning to execute smarter. Read what he enjoys most about his position and working at NNE.
How did you become a engineering manager?
I started as an assistant project manager within the HVAC discipline. When I took on the role of engineering manager a few years later, I suddenly had to think about a lot more than just the deliverables for my own discipline. It was an exciting challenge to be suddenly pushed outside my comfort zone and get to know the disciplines I wasn’t familiar with, and I have learned a lot along the way.
I've found the best way to make sure everything runs smoothly is to execute in the smartest way possible. That means setting the right direction from the beginning and engaging with customers and colleagues across the world. This goes a long way towards creating a sense of trust between colleagues and the customers, and it also gets your whole team on the same page about where the project is going.
We have a fantastic project execution system at NNE, as well as a wide network for knowledge sharing across the globe.
What are the challenges of the position?
Creating that alignment can be one of the challenges of this position, as it requires you to coordinate between all the disciplines on a project. But that also opens a door to a world of new knowledge. The knowledge we gain with each project helps ease our thought process and workload for the next one. If you can learn to do this well, your whole team and the customer can really benefit.
We have a fantastic project execution system at NNE, as well as a wide network for knowledge sharing across the globe – all of which help us apply what we know to each project. That means that every time you run into something you’re unsure about on a project, you have somewhere to turn to or a framework to fall back on. It’s a fantastic feeling to have this kind of network behind you, where we’re constantly raising the bar for ourselves and getting smarter together.
Of course, there are always changes and unexpected obstacles throughout the course of a project, so as an engineering manager, you have to learn to be flexible within the framework you have set. But that’s what keeps the job interesting, I think. The moment I enter the office each morning excites me – I look forward to solving new challenges, and at NNE, the next one is always just around the corner.