An engineer can change the world
Daisy Ibarra talks about the important work she and her team do, and how a work-life balance is achievable in engineering.
Daisy Ibarra has worked in Smiths Medical for 13 years. Her enthusiasm has only increased over time and is palpable as she describes her work.
“We have the chance to change the world in what we do. It doesn’t matter if you design products or make them. We all play a part in changing the lives of people. I love this about what I do.”
An industry that never stops
Daisy is a Quality Manager based at the Smiths Medical Monterrey site in Mexico. She leads a team of six engineers who focus on product quality. They are responsible for maintaining the highest of standards across cardiology, critical care units and general anaesthesia.
As the product experts, keeping abreast of the latest trends is integral to what Daisy and her team do.
“Engineering is about facts. Knowledge and information are empowering – the more I know, the better I can do my job.”
“There are so many new techniques that need to be implemented – everything is always changing. It is an incredibly exciting place to be and I invest efforts in ensuring I stay up-to-date with industry trends.”
A true work-life balance
While Daisy acknowledges that this is a fast-moving industry, she maintains it is possible to balance the demands of her career with spending time with her family.
“Naturally there are times when I need to work extra hours. But at the same time, the dynamic and fast-moving nature of my industry is what makes it interesting. Smiths also understands that productivity does not suffer with flexible working. In fact, it is the opposite. I feel more in control of my schedule, am better able to meet family and personal needs and I’m more efficient in my work.”
“Altogether, my experience has been a positive one. I am glad that I have found a way to have both – career and family.”