Kim McCauley became inspired by engineering at a very young age. With her grandfather designing missiles and her mother a senior systems analyst working on government computing systems, she knew that there was something in it for her!
This was reinforced when she watched the launch of space shuttle STS-121 and her dream of becoming an astronaut developed (still to be fulfilled!). After completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Liverpool and a graduate placement with aerospace giant Bombardier, Kim then became an engineer at Denroy plastics.
Based in Bangor, North Down, Denroy plastics specialises in injection moulding of plastic components and is the leading innovator in the design and manufacture of engineered polymer components and solutions.
Kim’s first role within the company was within the quality department where she learnt a full overview of the very diverse group of sectors that Denroy is involved in, from aerospace to haircare! Here she witnessed all the different processes and procedures that need to occur in order to receive plastic pellets into the company and ship fully assembled parts out to customers. Kim has had amazing opportunities to visit places such as Hong Kong and Japan to engage with customers , visit worldwide exhibitions and to complete a number of developmental courses along the way.
After 2 years Kim then took the opportunity to join the design department and to build a completely different set of skills. This provided her with an understanding around the tooling needed for injection moulding, developing her knowledge on plastics and their uses for different applications.
At the start of 2020 Kim developed her experience even further by moving into a business development role for Denroy. Current challenges include project managing an exciting application for a new technology involving injection moulded plastic components. Kim’s technical background is already proving beneficial within this role when engaging with tendor applications primarily from within the aerospace and defence sectors, as she builds her customer contact portfolio and learns more of the financial side of business.
Having experienced different opportunities and challenges within the company Kim is now part of the team and keeps Denroy at their SC21 Gold status (an aerospace accreditation which requires a minimum of 99% delivery and 99.9% quality) as she looks forward to what is next on her engineering journey! We can’t wait to keep up with Kim along the way on this journey as a valued Women in Business member. Best of luck Kim!