Her job at ÅF – designing new systems
Ida is Lead System Designer and a project manager at GE Healthcare in Uppsala, where her department works on customised bioprocessing equipment. This is very varied work, as she is involved from the start of projects until they are completed.
Lead System Designer is a title with a lot of responsibility. Ida’s role involves principal responsibility for the technical design of the systems they develop, and that means that she is involved in the entire process.
“I am involved in selecting and dimensioning all the system components and functions, and I coordinate the mechanical and automation design and the other roles working on system design. Thus the post is a combination of technical project manager and a design job."
As Lead System Designer and project manager, she designs various types of bioprocessing equipment, i.e. equipment for manufacturing chemicals, food and pharmaceutical products, among other things. For Ida, this specifically involves equipment for chromatography and cross flow filtration for various pharmaceutical companies. This means that no two days are alike, as some days are spent in meetings on, for instance, reviewing, planning and following up on an ongoing project, while others are spent selecting the right components and technical solutions for a product. She is also involved in reviewing the product in terms of its design before it is complete, as well as in the final testing and design review of the product, which is carried out together with the client, where her responsibility involves explaining and answering any questions.
Designing and building something that didn’t exist before
Ida’s work is not always a stroll in the park, and the challenges of her work require innovative thinking and a good understanding between her team and their clients, but it is also a part of her work that she really enjoys.
“My department creates customised equipment, which means that we need to design and build something that has never existed before for each new project. That, combined with cultural differences, can sometimes be tricky and challenging, but is usually cool and instructive.”
But for Ida, the challenges are not the best thing about her job. One of the most important things for her is that she gets on well with her colleagues and has fun at work, while she can manage her own time. That, along with the fun, varied duties, and the fact that she gets to work with clients from all around the world, is what makes her job so enjoyable.